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VOL. 160 No. 4 



NEW YORK, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1945 



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6 way Legit Ired By H wood Raiding; 
Theatre Guilds 'Protection Contracts 



Recent advent of agents into the* 
letjit field— such as Lcland Hayward 
with ' A Bell For Adano," and Milsjc 
Corp. of America (which represents 
playwright' Norman Krasha) back- 
ing "Dear Ruth"— again has stirred 
wrath among legit producers be- 
cause of inability to protect them- 
selves and the theatre from Holly- 
wood raids on their talent. They 
."claim the agents have an unfair ad- 
Vantage in an allegedly one-sided 
Struggle. 

A legit producer can't tie an actor 
• to a general contract for his serv- 
ices: the contract must call for a 
definite role in. a specific show. 
When the show, closes or the legit 
year is up. the films can grab the 
actor oil. Aii agent, on the other 
hand, still retains control of his 
actor's services when the play is 
done, and can do with him as he 
pleases. 

Although most managers claim 
they're helpless to combat the films 
Wider the present contract system 
set up by Equity, representing them- 
selves as only a shop window for 
Hollywood, one producing organiza- 
tion, the Theatre Guild, has been 
able to do something lately — al- 
though not enough — in its behalf, 
(Continued on page 29! 



Ask Pix-Radio Co-op 
On Crime Prevention 

Sacramento, Oct. 2. 
Motion picture industry represen- 
tatives will be asked to present 
views on films and juvenile delin- 
quency at a hearing to be. held soon 
in Los Angeles, according to chair- 
man Lome Middough, of the State 
Assembly Committee on Crime Pre- 
vention and Correction. Middough 
charges contribution to delinquency 
of youth in "overdramatization by 
both radio and films of crime 
stories." 

Committee members are recom- 
mending that leaders in film and 
radio circles discuss cooperation in 
crime prevention program. 





1 1 MacArthur Aide Tells 1st Inside 

SCREENING SETUP Stor y on Ja P D D »y Radio Pte 



BERNHARD-SPERLING'S 
1ST FILM ON THE OSS 

First film by the newly formed 
U. S. Pictures, Inc. (Joe "Bernhard 
and Milton Sperling) for release via 
Winner Bros., will deal with the 
OITice of Strategic Services. It will 
bi based on the story of OSS opera- 
tions and background written by Lt. 
Corey Ford and Major Alastair 
MncBain called "Cloak and Dagger." 
It runs serially in Collier's mag with 
initial installment this week. 

First installment carries what is 
described as an "editorial blessing'' 
by Major-General William J. ("Wild 
Bill') Donovan, wartime head of OSS 
who may tie in with the picture 
in some as- yet undetermined man- 
r** her. Gen. Donovan is now alternate 
jurist to Judge Robert H. Jackson 
at the Nuremberg war criminal 
trial. •;■"•"■:::•> 

Any use of Gen. Donovan's name 
01 ' . tying him in with the picture 
would set the Bernhard-Sperling 
film apart from others, about the OSS 
that have been talked about. 

Paramount yesterday (Tucs.l also 
announced that-, with permission of 
• -Major Donovan, it is preparing a 
Story to be entitled "OSS." ' ' 



Spyros Skouras 
On Biz s Future 

Spyros Skouras is one who is real- 
istic enough to concede that grosses 
must dip eventually — just when, no- 
body is quite sure— but he also fore- 
sees a continued boom in America 
for the simple reason that "the war 
i.s not over, at least for us. Wc must 
continue to manufacture for the 
world. And if economic balance? 
are properly struck, international 
loans arranged and treaties consum- 
mated, there's no reason why boom 
times can't continue indefinitely." 

Certainly, right now,' the film busi- 
ness continues abnormal and "just 
when it falls off to just normally 
good grosses nobody knows. Maybe 
not in eight months or a year, and 
then again maybe these lush times 
will continue for a long, long time." 
he states. 

The pegging of the British pound 
will be a factor. If a new British 
loan from Our Government is con- 
summated, its present $4.02 stabilized 
value may not go lower, although 
there have been, reports of a $8.50 
pound. (Its highest in former years 
was $4.8fi. i. . V 



By ABEL GREEN 

Hollywood— and U. S. show biz in 
general'— will cap its war efforts at 
Nuremberg. Germany, around Nov. 
15. when the first batch of 21 top 
Nazi war criminals goes on trial. 
The film and general show biz in- 
fluence will be dominant. 

The Office of Strategic Services' 
film record, made by such pix peo- 
ple as Commander John Ford, direc- 
tor George Stevens. Navy Lt. Ray 
Kellogg, writers Budd Schulberg 
and Daniel Fuehs. and others, will 
ba offered as U. S. evidence against 
the Nazis. The Army Signal 
Corps, under Brigadier-General 
Munson, in cooperation with OSS 
and the Navy, made this film rec- 
ord. :/->••" 

The Nuremberg courtroom will 
have a motion picture screen facing 
the eight judges— one each from the 
U. S.. Britain. Russia and France, 
with their alternates — on ; which 
Hints of Nazi atrocities will convey 
to all in the court just why Goering, 
el al„ are being tried. 

Lt. Kellogg was lent by the Navy 
to the OSS and filmed many of the 
atrocity pix, much new cinematic 
(Continued on page 24) 



Buchman on Jolson Biog 

Hollywood, Oct. 2. 

Sid Buchman has taken charge 
of the long-pending Al Jolson film 
biographical at 'Columbia as author 
•and producer. He will develop it 
from the story angle which Sidney 
Skolsky. Hollywood columnist, . in- 
cepted. ■ ■ • 

.The immediate action on Jo'son's 
Pie sidetracks "Jacobowsky and the 
CtSonel," which was on Buchman's 
•ge-nda. 



Legit Airline Deal 

To Nix Sleeper Jumps 

>. Chicago, Oct. 2. 

Sleeper jumps will be a thing of 
the past if negotiations with United 
Airlines, started here last week by 
Joseph. Hyman and Bcrnic Hart, 
producers of "Dear Ruth," go 
through. ' 

Manaf.'.-rs reveal that United has 
told them they can have first crack 
at one of the C-54 transports new- 
borns outfitted like Pullman cars 
with lounges, sleepers, etc.. for civil- 
ian use. when the Chi eomprny of 
"Ei'i.h" is ready to hit. the roi.6 nest 
June. 



Transport ProMem Bogs 
The Early Exchange Of 
Brit., American Talent 

London, Oct. 2. 

Wlv.t are the chances o* American 
talent being booked in England or 
English acts going to the U. S., now 
Chat the war is over'.' Judging from 
current experience in London the 
chances are slim, mainly because the 
day of anything like normal travel 
seems far away. : 1 

Just now more than 400 American 
businessmen, many, with far better 
credentials than the average per- 
former can get. are stranded for lack 
of rclurb priorities good for the 
.'""■"'• (Continued on page 27) . : 



Sees Negroes Solving 

Chi Legit Problem 

. Chicago, Osi, 2. 

In view of the success enjoyed 
here by all-Negro plays and plays 
starring Negroes, the colored breth- 
ren ought to take. over,, according to 
Bob Casey, Chi Daily News drama 
critic. 

Casey voiced the opinion in his 
review of' "Anna, Lucasta." which 
opened here last week. "Best plays 
Chicago has seen in the last six 
months have been Robeson's 
'Othello.' 'Carmen Jones.' and this 
one. Perhaps the solution to Chi- 
cago's theatre problem is to turn the 
whole thing over to the Negroes. 
They seem to know what to do with 
it." 



Carroll s Unique 
H wood Theatre 



Before he departed for Hollywood 
Ear] Carroll revealed plans for a 
$5,000,000 theatre in filmdom's me- 
tropolis that will be a combination of 
New York's Radio City Music Hall 
and the Center in R. C. and the 
former Hippodrome, capacity to be 
7,000. which would make it the 
world's largest. Mark Woods, prez 
of the. American Broadcasting Co., 
is named as Carroll's team-mate in 
the venture. Carroll talked over 
plans. with Gus Eyssell. president of 
the Music Hall, and- then stated that 
ground will be broken next March, 
the building to be completed in 1947. 

Site is on Sunset Blvd., opposite 
the Columbia Broadcasting System 
studio, measurement*' being 200 by 
585 feet. Music Hair is 200 by 300 
feet, not counting the lobby, which 
is 100 feet. Turntable stage for the 
new house will be 150 feet in diant- 
(Continued on page 31 ) 



* By SAUL CARSON 

The inside radio story and general 
communications setup under Gen- 
eral of the Army Douglas A. Mac- 
Arthur— and incidentally the first 
revelation of some of MacArthur's 
"Jap D-Day" plans — were revealed 
last week by Lt. Col. Jack Harris, 
radio and communications officer for 
MacArthur's G.H:Q. in Tokyo. 

Col. Harris, formerly of WSM, 
Nashville, was in New York on his 
way from Tokyo to Washington on 
business for MacArthur, and will re- 
turn to Tokyo in about a week. 

"Jap D-Day" was scheduled by" 
MacArthur for Nov. 1. While press 
and radio circles have known con- 
fidentially for some time that the 
Japanese mainland was to have been 
invaded "sometime late in October," 
this was the first open, mention of 
the actual day planned. The first 
invasion was to have hit the island 
of Kuyushu. ■''.:'...■ 

The fact that MacArthur is prob- 
ably more hep to the fine points of 
public relations than any of our 
generals was pointed up by Col. 
Harris' detailing of the plans made 
to cover the invasion — and the quick 
switcheroo to the radio and press 
coverage of the surrender. 
I In preparation for "Jap D-Day," 
'Col. Harris had equipment lor voice 
broadcasting. -record big ■• aud, ,,,ores.s„ t , 
accommodation all ready. At 
i Manila, from which place the in- 
vasion fleet was to have started, 
Harris had two ships, the Apache 
and the FP-47, and two seagoing 
(Continued on page 41) ^ 



TINY BRADSHAW ORCH. 
ON ITS WAY TO TOKYO 

. Tiny Bradshaw's orchestra was 
skedded to depart for Tokyo last 
Mon. (1). but bad weather delayed 
sailing. Crew will probably depart 
sometime this week. 

Bradshaw's 17-piece unit will be 
the first band to tour Japan. His 
trip is under USO-Camp Shows 
auspices. 




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MISCELLANY 



P^RIETY 



WYdnosday, October 3, 1915 



Rep. Powell Taking Beef to Truman 
On D.A.R. BrnshofF of Wife, Hazel Scott 



had 
the 



Washington, Oct. 2. ♦ 
Evidence that the Daughters of the • 
American Revolution haven't learned j 
anything since 1939, when, .they ; 
barred Negro contralto Marian An- j' 
dcrson from'giving a recital in Con- , 
stilution Hall, Washington's concert 
emporium which they own, was j 
given Sunday (30) with the report 
that Negro pianist Hazel Scott 
similarly been ' refused use of 
Jiall for a concert. - 

Charge was made by Charles P. 
McClanc, Miss Scott's manager, in- 
Philadelphia, where Miss S.co.t ap- 
peared Friday (28) irt a. concert at 
the Academy of Music. McClanc 
• said Fred Hand, the hall's manager, 
offered him an Oct. 20 date by phone, 
but later, when learning Miss. Scott 
was Negro, refused .permission. "Me* 
seemed, most apologetic," McClanc 
said, "going so far as to offer his as- 
sistance in securing another hall'. lie 
told me he had been, of such assist- 
ance to Paul Robeson, but was in- 
sistent that Constitution Hall defi- 
nitely^ was out." 

Hand refused to confirm or deny 
the story, advising he couldn't -s ate 
policy, of the D.A.R.. on use of the 
hall by Negroes, and saying that no 
contract, had been signed, 
. Rep. Adam C. Powell, 3x1, Negro 
Democrat, from New York, who is 
Miss Scott's husband, has appealed 
the ban to Pres. Truman, asking the 
latter to ti;ke •immediate action" in 
the matter. ; 



This Week's Football 

Bv TED MUSING 



WINNER 


LOSER ODDS 




Collese 




Temple 


... .1 I u 


6-5 




Wake Forest 


3-1 


Columbia . . . 


. . ; Syracuse • 


9-5 


Navy: .. ..... 


. . . Duke 


8-5 


Kcnii 


...Dartmouth 


8-"i 


Yale ... . ;•;. . 


. . . Holy Cross . 


8-5 


Notre Dame. 


.y.'Ga.Tcoh. 


7-5 : 


LSJJ 


^\ 1 l\ 0 il HI <X 


5-8 


Tula ne .... 


...Florida' 


7-5 


Indiana .-: . . 




7-5 






8-5 


Minnesota .. 


...Nebraska 


3-1 




. Northwestern 


2-1 


Purdue .. . . . 


... Wisconsin 


fi-5 


feu". 


. . . Arkansas 


7-.y 


. Te\as A . M . 


. . . Oklahoma 


8-5 


Tcx.s 


.... Texas Tech. . 


2-1 


Washington 


. . . . California 


2-1 


' So. Cal 


. . ..St. Mary's PF 


2-1 


Marquette -,'. 


. . . . Villanova ' 


9-5 


St. Mary's. . 


,,'.':.•. Nevada . 


3-1 




Fro 




Boston 


....Washington 


1-3 


' Bears . '. ... . . 


.....Cleveland 


. 8-5 


■Phi hi." 


....Cards 


3-1 


• New York. . 


. ... Pitt '•"':' 


8-5 


j Green Bay. 


Detroit 


6-5 


NIJINSKY RECUPED, 




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;i72iid WEEK ! 

KEN MURRAY'S 

"BLACKOUTS OF 1915" 
El Capitan Theatre, Hollywoodj_Cal. 

• stage enlcruuninent at. it * best, 
'liliiiiivouts'' has everything a good 
imisiral shouUI h;i,Ve. ' 

EDGAR BERGEN. 



HAYDENS HEROISM 
DISCLOSED BY OSS 



Washington, Oct. 2. 
Office of Strategic Services took 
the wraps off a little more of its 

work last week to disclose that } his ailment and willing to appear 



TO DANCE IN U. S. 

Appearance in America of Vaslav 
Nijinsky, famed ballet dancer who 
retired 25 years ago following a 
mental illness, is imminent, according 
to impresario Sol Hurok.. Noted Rus- 
sian, now living in Austria, is re- 
ported practically recovered from 



screen star Sterling Hayden, now 
Capt. John Hamilton of the- Marines, 
was one of its most daring opera- 
tives in Europe. 

Hayden, husband of Madeleine 
Carroll and a schooner skipper be- 
fore going into pictures, operated a j state' Dept.- on 
small fishing boat along the Dal- 
matian coast, helping downed 



The boat 

jtrts 

In Yugoslavia and ] 
parach uted 



under Hurok 's aegis with the hitter's 
Ballet Theatre in the U. S: Hurok 
wired an offer, which was accepted 
by the dancer's Wife, Romola Nijin- 
sky. Hurok is now working with the 
visa. 

Nijinsky was to come to the U.S. 
for medical treatment when the war 



EX-FAIRBANKS TWIN 
DIVORCED IN DETROIT 

Detroit, Oct. 2. 

Mrs. Marion F. Smith, one of Fair- 
banks twins of "Ziegfcld Follies" 
fame, was granted a divorce from 
Gordon K. Smith, s wealthy Detroit 
industrialist.- Mrs. Smith charged 
her husband with striking her and 
with excessive drinking. 

Judge Joseph Moynihan, in ap- 
proving the split, granted Mrs. Smith 
■?5,000 cash and ordered a trust fund 
established from which she'll receive 
951.000 a month alimony. 

Mother's Suicide Has 
Una Merkel Still 111 

Hollywood. Oct. 2. 

Una Merkel is suffering from a 
nervous condition attributed to 
shock of her mother's suicide in New 
York seven months ago. 

Under medical care in a Glendale 
rest home, it's expected she will be 
able to resume work in six to seven 
weeks as her condition is reported 
not serious by the attending 
physician. 



and partisans 
Greece. 

Hayden also 
Yugoslavia on one occasion to es- 
tablish contact with Allied airmen 



Now 55. he is reported in 
tine physical condition 



Allied aviators to safety, — „ , k t 

also carried supplies, to, OSS; agents I \i ii LVdUally 

i n'd- still able to assume certain bal 
■ let roles, as for instance the title 
role of "Petrouchka." which he 



Gen. Marshall Pins Merit 
Medal on Berlin for 'TITA' 

Irving Berlin was awarded the 
Medal of Merit yesterday (l) by 
Gen. George C. Marshall, Army 
Chief of Staff, for Berlin's assistance 
to the Army Emergency Relief Fund. 
Specifically it was Berlin's "This Is 
the Army" which was responsible for 
the award. 

The medal was presented at the 
direction of President Truman for 
"highly meritorious service." The 
all-Army musical earned more than 
S9.000.000 oh the stage and screen for 
the relief fund. '-..;.-. 

"I shall always feel deeply grati- 
fied for all your efforts," said Mar- 
shall in pinning on the medal in the 
Pentagon building. Citation was 
read by Maj.'Gen. Edward F. Witzell. 
Mrs. Berlin was present. 



created at its first performance in 
Paris in 1911. Unlikely Nijinsky 
would arrive in . time for Ballet 
Theatre's fall N. Y. season at (he. 
Metropolitan Opera House next 
month, but he might go-' on tour or 
appear during the spring season. 



66 POP. VILLAGE'S THEATRE 

Minneapolis, Oct. 2. 
Long Lake, S. D., village, in this 
exchange territory, has a population 
of oilly 66. Nevertheless, August 
Nies, a resident there, has obtained 
priorities for material for a theatre. 
He'll build it as soOn as labor is 
available. 



SCULLY'S SCRAPBOOK j 

mmmnmH By Frank Scully 

Benefit Canyon, Sept. 26. 
One of the big similarities of muggs like me and lugs like you is that 
\ve don't think the show is over when the curtain comes down. We don't; 
think it's over until the final gross is counted. 

In much the same long range way we view world wars. They're not ' 
over till They're over, and this one is far from over. Even in' the small 
way that show business has been used as an analgesiquc, The work is not 
completed: But only a handful realize this. The rest are acting as if the 
horror called Hitler had never lived, and that moonlight and pretzels are 
something to remember him by. * 

In Hollywood' of a Saturday night (221 Crosby, Sinatra and Miss Shore 
sang, Jack Benny played his violin and .Rubinstein his piano; Hope. Burns, 
Haley and Colonua did theirs, and Stokowski 'waved his hands at the 
Bowl Symphony — all for free. It was to raise funds for entertaining the 
wounded in the southern California fogbelt. 

But the Hollywood Canteen has announced it is folding next month, 
feeling that its work is over. However, the Hollywood Guild and Canteen, 
as distinguished from the Hollywood Canteen, is not going to close. Mom 
Lehr- Gu ild head, who was in this work before, the war, during the war, 
and intends to stay in it after the war, realizes that Hollywood now has 
a job that may be more important, than its wartime activities. She car- 
ried oh all during the war magnificently, and until the final months on a 
shoestring. Yet a week ago a bjock party, exhibition swimming meet and 
picnic was staged to raise funds, for her post-war work (a similar party 
a year ago was a terrific success), and 21 persons paid admission to see 
Weissmuller, the new amateur champ and world's record breaker, Norman 
Sper, Jr., and others. On the second show ing 18 paid admission, It was - 
the worst flop of the year and for once Hollywood couldn't blame, it.' on 
hot weather, picket lines or smog.;- :'•'•.? 
. . . Single Standard Scully 

Both at home and abroad the G. I.'s troubles continue to spill over into 
the "outside" world. There are those wlio take the view thai a benefit 
performance should never be criticized as a paid performance. • But I 
have found that if I write for nothing or for dough I am judged by the 
same hard standard, and I don't see why other performers shouldn't be 
willing to take the same sort of shellacking it their work is .remiss. If 
they don't Want to perform at their best it is an easy matter not to per- 
form at all and (a ) either; send a check or .( b) forget the whole matter and 
live with their conscience. • 

-.The B-Bag of "Stars and Stripes' reported R.M.K., Hq. 12 Army Gp, 
as haying returned from "a scheduled U.S.O. performance, at Bad Nau- 
he'im's famous kurhaus— a performance that never materialized." It 
seems only 100 men turned up to see the show instead 1 of a capacity house. .' 
"The U.S.O. parasites turned up their, noses as did the Special Service 
Staff of XIX Corps." stated R.M.K.. "and two immature first lieutenants 
stammered various inadequate excuses about the turnout." It was R.M.K.'s 
contention that every G.I. is worthy of a private performance. 
I Major Lewis J. Bowen. Special Service Officer, XIX Corps, replied that 
R.M.K. was completely justified in his criticism. But had not a total 
stranger interfered, the major contended, the show would have been given 
as scheduled. The major further stated that the performance was not 
cancelled by XIX Corps Special Service, '"but by a lieutenant whose sis- 
ter was a member of the cast and who wanted to spend the afternoon 
with her." 

It is quite possible that the guy who cancelled the U.S.O. show in Ger- 
many may end up the same way. On the other hand, it is equally possible 
that show business may begin to assert itself and insist that it should not 
be held accountable for the stupidity of others. For these neglected E. M.'s 
in far places are our friends and their families are our customers, ana" 
anybody who goes out of his way to alienate customers is no friend of 
show business. • 



The Berle-ing Point 

— — -By Milton Berle 



irmy"txSs i toast Hotels* 

Santa Monica, Oct. 2. 
Half a dozen local hotels and beach 
clubs, currently occupied by the 
Army Air Forces, will be returned 
I to private ownership this month, 
! starting Oct. 5 with the Ocerni Palms 
; Hotel. ■'-.: -'' 

'■ Others to follow are Shangri-La 
! Hotel. Oct. 11: Miramar Hotel, Oct. 
i 13: Grand Hotel, Oct. 16, and Edgfc- 
1 water and Del Mar Beach . Clubs, 
Oct. 2!). 



Medals for Greasepainters 

. : . " New York. 

Editor, "Variety"/ 

'Whde Congress is considering the 
problem of returning servicemen 
and displaced ex-war workers, why 
can't it include some form of legis- 
lation to -award medals to another 
group that likewise has made heroic 
contributions in peace as well as. in 
war. I refer to the member of the 
entertainment world who, in large 
numbers, have visited foxhole Cir- 
cuits at the front as well as training 
camps on this continent. Many of 
bur top stars have given tip vaca- 
tions, lucrative stage, screen and 
radio contracts,- even, the ordinary 
comforts of home life to risk their 
necks as they brought cheer to our 
servicemen. Yet .there is no award 
for these. soldiers-in-greasepaint; our 
Government has not made its grati- 
tude- articulate. For example, eon- 
Kider. the contributions of: Bob Hope. 
Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, Amos 'n' 
Andy . . . and so many more. 



LANNY ROSS' PREEM 

Yokohama, Sept. SO. '-. 
j Maj. Lanhy Ross, ex-film and 
. radio star, and a contingent of talent 
| from the 8th Army, opened the first 
GI theatre in Yokohama today with 
| a vaude revue that wowed a packed 
house. 

Theatre, one of the two large 
houses to survive Allied bombings, 
was officially dedicated by Lieut, 
Gen. Robert L. Eicbelbergcr. 

its outstanding entertainers. Surely 
America is no less proud and ap- 
preciative of its showbusiness greats. 
Why not a medal to prove it?.:, ;. 

Paul F. Stacy. 



Vets Salute Sinatra 

Hollywood, Oct. 2. 

American Veterans Committee has 
awarded a special commendation to 
Frank Sinatra for hitter's broadcast 
of Sept. 19, which had "House I Live 
In" sketch. 

"Unreserved commendation and 
appreciation for the democratic aims 
which that broadcast sought to at- 



tain" was given by the vets to Sina- 
England" confers knighthood upon , tra, sponsors and staff. 



L. A. to N. Y. 

Don Belding 
Victor Borge 
Patti Brady 
Georgia Bullock 
James S. Burke'. i 
Phil Cohan . 
Bill Demling 
Oscar A. Doob 
Alfred Drake 
Jimmy Durante 
Joe Faber 
Si Fabian 
Lester Gottlieb 
Jos: H. Hazen- 
Harold Hefleran 
Sonja Henie 
Paul Hesse 
George Jesscl 
William Kcighley 
Edwin Lester 
Joseph Lilley 
Bob Longeriecker 
Garry Moore 
Jack Oakie 
B. S. Pulley 
Charles Quigley 
Stanley Richards 
Hal Roach 
Buddy Rogers 
Stanley Rose 
Art Rush 
Herb Sanford 
Dave Siegel 
Edward Small 
Howard Smith 
Jeri Sullivan 
Deeiris Taylor 
Emily Vetter 
Hal Wall is 
Lucille Watson 
Snag Werris. 
Dame May Whitly 



Boston, Oct. 2. 

Well, here we are in the wonderful eity-of Boston for the opening of 
my new show, "Spring in Brazil." Lec Shubert told me, "In Boston you're 
going to be my ace in the hole. I saw my dressing room and I knew what 
want. .Mom ..didn't come . tin, (.o. S t» and I'm. -\U^i., AVi>!;jtjlii)fe^» 



. . • . ..--v • ■ • r. n' 1 1. . . ivi wi 1 1 n i tin l 1 in i ii- I'm -. — 

9 K-y-^^^^^.-v mmm^yy^ 



iaiijfft' twice, to be heard orict'".. 
Got a note from Ed Sullivan who asks, How did you find Boston?" It 
wasn't hard. 1 got off the train and there it was. . .When we got off the 
train my brother Frank had to carry the bags. The younger showgirls 
walked. . .Went down to Boston harbor and saw the exact spot where the 
Boston tea party was held. I know it was the spot because While Rose 
labels were still floating in the water. 



N. Y. 



to L. 

Joseph Bernhard 
Ed Churchill 
Jay Emanuel 
Carl Leserman 
Edward Scolield ." 



FROM GAGS TO ^SWITCHES 

Since W. C. Fields has been unable to get his ration of Scotch he's 
doing- the next best thing. He's wearing kilts.. .Last year in this column 
I said I developed a southern accent from drinking out of a dixie cup, 
and so the company (no kidding) sent me a year's supply of drinking 
cups. . .Know a radio program that's so bad it went off the air owing 
Hooper three points. .. Understand that Belle Baker is going to do » 
takeoff cn Carmen Miranda. Instead of wearing: fruit on her head 
she's going. to use potato salad and olives... The bar at Toots Shot's 
was very crowded Saturday night and someone asked where all the 
people came from. " "The elevator strike is over," suggested Pcler 
Donald, "they probably just came down". . Abbott and Costello fired 
one of their radio writers because his jokes were too NEW!. . .Joyce . 
dropped me a line that our six-week-old baby Vicki laughed for the 
first time— at Bob Hope's program. Am sending the baby a pair of 
earmulTs and a stern note to Joyce. 

THERE'S NO TRUTH TO THE RUMOR: r 

. That radios in New York City eabs .are, working again. ..That Danvy 
Kuye yives door prizes to people xrho laugh loudest at his broadcasts. .. 
Thai a new stamp to be issued hi/ the Post Office will have Hirotiito s face 
oh it. . .That, stacked one-by-one. Billy Rose's annuities are taller lhan : 
lie is. .'.That Gun Lomburdo yets that rhythm by dunkiiio o xjo-yojn « 
bowl of sour cream:. .Thai Harvey S one plans to re-enlist in the Aryiy 
rather than write -new material . . .That Humphrey Bogarl sleeps in pajamas 
Willi horizontal stripes. -Vv. : ■-■■:■-.' 

CRACKING THE QUIP: 

George Jessel looking younger than ever before. . .Doesn't look a day 
over 65. (Tin only kidding Georgie ),. .Things are so artificial in Holly- 
wood that when people put the bite on you they use false teeth. . .A band- 
leader I know has such a bad case of insomnia he keeps sleeping tablets 
awake. . NBC's George Wolf reports that Toots Shor -is" going to open 
another restaurant where celebrities can. come and gape at the tourists. 



SAILINGS 

Oct. 1 i New York to London ) Nate 
Blumberg, Joe Seidclman. Ed Mur- 
row, Matty Fox (Queen Mary). 

Oct. 3 ( London to . New York i 
George Wood (Laplandia). 

Oct. 6 (New York to Paris) Bob 
Stern (Clipper). 



TED LEWISES' 30TH 

The Ted Lewises ' celebrate their 
30th wedding anniversary next Sun- 
day (7) afternoon. 

The "jazz tragedian" and his Ada 
will receive at their New York 
apartment. 



Wednesday, October S, 1945 



PICTURES 



16 




NEW DOMESTIC BONANZA 



U.S. Distribs Eye British Pound Move 
For Effect on Exports and Receipts 



Speculation is rife among film in-i 
' dustry leaders in this country 
whether Kngland is going to again 
freeze funds of American picture 
companies,, or whether that nation 
will continue to remit monies weekly 
as heretofore. 

Situation was brought about with 
the ending last Sunday (30) of the 
paging of the British pound at $4.02, 
with the result , that value of that 
nation's money can either go up or 
down without much warning. The 
pound veals ago was worth $4.80 
American and then slid to $4.02 
where it has been pegged by govern- 
ment decree. It is recalled that for 
a number of months ill. 1942-43 U. S. 
company monies in England were 
iiczen and then, when lend-lease 
started, Arms were permitted to take 
out of Kngland only a percentage of 
their gross earnings based on monies 
taken out for the three years prior 
to the freezing order. 

Apparently several American film 
companies foresee less exporting of 
HoHyvvood pictures for distribution 
in England in the future. Hence the 
widespread move by the majors to 
strengthen their holdings in Great 
Britain, by making belter-quality' 
British product and sending over, to 
that country topflight stars to ap- 
pear in British-made films. A school 
of thought among several U, S. pic 
company foreign chiefs is that since 
England needs dollars to deal with 
American companies, that country 
will do less importing of foreign pix 
and more exporting of English prod- 
uct to America, thus building up 
dollar credit. 

On the other hand, the entire situ- 
ation may be stabilized by the loan 
that is currently being discussed for 
England, reports indicating that a 
loan of $5,080,000,000 will be made 
by U S, The loan will probably be 
lor a long period of time, and re- 
newed after that date, too. at a 
negligible rate of interest. Purpose, 
of course, is to,givc the British dollar 
balances to do business with U, S. 
industry. 

After all, England represents al- 
moM two-thirds of the total foreign 
business done by American ph'tttic 
companies. If funds should be 
blocked for any length of time, the 

panics too much, since roicigii 
actually represents the difference be- 
tween a small profit on their product 
and big profit. But indie producers 
will definitely be affected since the 
monies taken in on foreign distribu- 
tion of their pictures might well rep- 
resent the welfare of their entire 
organization. 



Pix Divvy* Still Up 

Washington. Oct. 2. 
Film industry dividends are 
still running at a better rate 
than in 1944, according to the. 
latest Commerce Department 
figures. 

The cut for August was $500,- 
000, compared with $300,000 for 
the same month last year. -For 
the three months ending Aug. 
31°, the cut for picture industry 
stockholders amounted to $5,- 
800,000, which was $600,000 more 
than for the same period in 
1944. . 





Ferber Yarn 1st 
For Todd at U 



Edna Fcrber's "Great Son;" in 
Technicolor, will be Mike Todd's first 
film production for Universal under 
a new four-year deal signed be- 
tween the Broadway legit producer 
and U prexy Nate Blumberg before 
the latter sailed for London. It's 
Todd's debut as a picture-maker but 
his indie unit deal (a la Waller 
Wanger and Mark Hellinger. also 
now on the U lot) does not limit. his 
Broadway legit activities. Todd, must 
make his picture next, summer. The 
Ferber property has been held in 
(Continued on page 29V 



IN ON HOME BIZ 

, By FRED STENGEL 

: An entirely new facet of film dis- 
tribution, which will evolve itself in- 
to a multi-million-dollar business be- 
fore many months have passed, has 
opened up for the major companies! 
This is the selling of 16mm. prints 
o£ entertainment pictures to U. S. 
exhibitors in conjunction with the 
present sale of 35mm, pictures. 

Basis for this overall plan, which 
began recently in connection with 
foreign distribution of Hollywood 
pictures, is the experience of the 
aimed forces during the war just 
ended. Army and Navy showed dis- 
tribs what could be done with lGmm 
prints and projection equipment, 
also bringing out the fact that there 
is now a ready-made market for this 
type product among the millions of 
servicemen and women who were 
entertained and educated by films 
.shown solely in 16mm. throughout 
the world. 

It has been established that many 
of the majors, including Metro, RKO, 
Paramount 20th-FOx and Warners 
plan to do away^ith the several in- 
dependent distributors to whom they 
(Continued on page 20) 



Ruling by Treasury Dept. on Capital 
Gains Taxes May K.O. Indie Producers 



Passportitis 

Almost every top exec in the 
film business has his passport 
now, or has applied for it. 

All have the urge for a look- 
see, abroad. As. "essential busi- 
ness," the State Dept. now okays 
passports and the British grant 
visas, to U. S, businessmen. No 
visa necessary for France. 



LOEWS WHN MAY SELL 
TIME FORMERLY M-G'S 

Warner Bros, may buy the radio 
spots on WHN. New York-, which 
Loew-Metro is relinquishing. 

Odd part of the deal is that Loew's 
owns the radio station but is easing | ent 
off on its radio advertising, hence ' 
the availability of the time to WB. 



N. Y. VARIETY CLUB UP AGAIN 

A new move is afoot looking to 
the organization of a Variety club 
in N. Y. City, where, it is felt in 
tent circles one should have been 
set up long ago. 



Divorcement Gets 
Glad Eye From Pic 
Indies; Theatre Need 

With more and more film showmen 
eyeing the independent film produc- 
tion futttre.. with its capital-gains \ 
possibilities, all are looking to the 
possible effects of the Government's 
anti-trust suit, which starts in 
New York next Monday (8), as giv- 
ing, it further impetus. In short, 
should theatres be severed from the 
so-called "Big 5" producer-distribu- 
tors, it is expected to open up new 
channels for indie picture product. 
That's what the Society of Indepcnd- 
Motion Picture Producers 
hopes for. also. 

In line , with this theory, some 
wonder if Joe Bernhard wasn't in- 
fluenced b.v that when he resigned 
| his WB vice-presidency as head of 
j the large Warner Bros, chain of 
i theatres. . ' .'. 

] Anybody with indie pix product, it 
| is expected, will have a better 
' (Continued on page 29 °> 



SAG Seeks Probe 
Of 'Unfair Taxes 



Hollywood, Oct. 2. 
Screen Actors Guild is demanding 
an investigation of "income and 
Other tax Jaws as they discriminate 
against actors." Question has already 
been discussed with Treasury Sec. 
Fred Vinson and Eric Johnston, new 
chief of the MPPDA. 

One of the complaints is that the 
proposed reciprocal tax agreement 
between the U. S. and Great Britain 
contains a clause specifying that the 
agreement applies to everybody but 
actors and artistes. 

Guild pointed out that a film star 
might earn $150,000 annually for a 
few years during his heyday but 
that his average annual earnings, 
when spread out over his whole ca- 
reer, may average $4,000 or less. 

Announcement of the Guild's cam- 
I paign tor a revision of taxation got 
a rousing welcome from 1,000 thesps 
I who attended the meeting. 



ODEON (RANK) VS. PAR 
CUE TO CAN. PRICE WAR? 

Showmen foresee a price-cutting 
war in Canada, even if J. Arthur 
Rank's Odeon circuit only consum- 
mates 50"; of its now well-publi- 
cized plans for new theatre building. 

Since it will be Famous Players- 
Canadian Corp 's . first real competi- 
tion in the key spots, the Dominion's 
indie exhibitors figure they will be 
forced to price-cutting to meet the 
battle of the titans, with their choice 
of product housed ' in modern de- 
1 luxers. 



EXPECT KALMINE NAMED 
BERNHARDT SUCCESSOR 

It is expected that when Hai ry M. 
Warner arrives from Hollywood in 
New York hi a couple of weeks he 
will formally name Harry Kalniine 
the general manager of WB theatres. 
Right now, as asst. g.m.. he is run- 
ning the chain, with Joe Bernhard's 
resignation. 

Latter left for Hollywood yester- 
day (Tues.), where he will continue 
Plans for his indie film-producing 
"nit, via WB release, called U. S. 
Film Corp., of which Bernard '. is 
President and ex-Marine Cap! . Mil- 
ton Sperling is vecpec and produc- 
tion head. . :' ■ V/ 



Lem Jones, Willkie's Sec, 
Gen'l Aide to Skouras 

The late Wendell Willkie's former 
secretary; Lem Jones, is now con- 
fidential secretary and general aide 
to prexy Spyros Skouras, of 20th- 
Fox. Willkie was board chairman 
°f the same film companv at the time 
°i his death. 

With Jones' activity. Sam Shain. 
who for a time aided Skouras. re- 
turns to more directly head the 
trade press division of the company's 
Pub-ad staff. 



arfy-JLme 



Is there a British film party-line already 
starting to work? Even before if. Arthur Rank 
has carried England's figurative cinematic foot- 
Ball over the goal-line? 

The U. S. film industry may well start to 
wonder about it. As witness two aspects. Firstly, 
that blast at Warner Bros.' "Objective Burma," 
which literally chased the film not only off the 
Warner theatre (London i screen, after only one 
week's engagement, ' but chased it out of the 
country. Anyway, at least 500 bookings in as 
many theatres of the Associated British circuit 
were cancelled. 

The other aspect is that curious article in 
the N. Y. Times magazine section Sunday, Sept. 
23, by Dudley Carew in which the British ob- 
server took Hollywood apart on a number of 
points. Last Sunday (30 > Bosley Crowthcr de- 
fended Hollywood, accenting that the trend, 
despite lapses, is toward better pictures and 
better taste. "Mrs. Miniver's" exaggerated sen- 
timental make-believe: Hollywood's alleged 
self-admiration in "Hollywood Canteen"; Chap- 
lin's "Dictator" and "The War Against Mrs, 
Hadley" were among other American films dep- 
recated by critic Carew for one reason or an- 
other, • 

Both the captious Englishman 1 and the re- 
butting American overlook completely that 
Hollywood has produced the best British pic- 
tures. "Cavalcade" sums it up. In fact, the 
extraordinary emphasis currently in England 
against Warners' "Objective Burma'' is focused 
just as much against its star, Errol Flynn, for 
haying "failed to contribute to Britain's aid 
during the Isle's greatest moments" during the 
war. One British press comment was that 
"we've come to expect to see the true laces of 
men going into battle. We've come not to sec 



Errol Flynn, dressed up as a paratrooper, gal- 
lantly leading his men . " 

From the Hollywood production front, and for 
a long time from the American film-fan view- 
point, the same attitude was voiced about the 
strong British influence in the U. S. pix, but 
being the liberal art form that it is, there is no 
room for such chauvinistic thoughts at the pro- 
duction source or in the consumers' market. 
The glory that is Britain's has provided a 
wealth of basic historical material for cinematic 
glorification, whether made in Hollywood or 
Elstree. 

It's historically unfortunate, of course, that 
Warners slighted the British 14th Army in the 
cinematic saga dealing with the Burma cam- 
paign of World War II. But it seems strange 
that this should be sufficient to actually force 
cancellation of an American movie in London 
for political reasons. Our alliance with Britain 
should transcend such celluloid sensitivities. 
Lacking that, hence the query ' whether Eng- 
land's postwar cinematic ambitions aren't some- 
how tied in with these recent manifestations. 

Fortune mag for October points to Rank as. 
England's "movie missionary." England thrives 
on its export markets. Traditionally astute in 
international diplomacy— some of Britain's mis- 
•cues in that direction in recent sears notwith- 
standing— it's now an open secret that England 
is backing Rank for a primary and basic pur- 
pose— trade. It's long since axiomatic that 
commerce follows the., movies, and that Holly- 
wood's mirroring of the American moods, modes 
and manners has been a potent force in Amer- 
ica's international business relations. The 
Germans and the Russians were quick to per- 
ceive that, but the British are now in best 
position to push that premise. Abel. 



Hollywood, Oct. 2. 

The anticipated ruling from the 
U, S. Treasury that capital gains of 
film corporations will be held as 
personal holding, corporations and 
subject to a tax of 85% instead of 
the current 25% capital gain tax, 
may be a knockout blow to such cor- 
porate structures. A quick scan by 
attorneys and accountants to seek 
a possible loophole reveals that the 
only method Of keeping such cor- 
porations in the 25% bracket will 
be if there are more than five bona- 
flde stockholders. If corporation is 
short of that number, anticipated 
ruling will hike tax nick to heights. 

Treasury regulation on personal 
holding companies. places a 75% tax ' 
on incomes up to $2,000. Over $2,000, 
the tax is $1,500 plus 85% on excess 
over S2.000. Such a tax nick would 
completely wipe out advantages now 
enjoyed by many film personalities 
who have been making pictures un- 
der capital gains regulation. In some 
instances, if the anticipated ruling 
governs the present tax year, it 
might mean total bankruptcy for a 
few independent producers or 
stars. ;'; ■'■..;' ■ 

Ah example of how deep the tax 
(Continued on page 22) 



FILM ATTACHE SETUP 
DENIED BY STATE DEPT. 

Washington, Oct. 2. 

Reports of a new film attache for 
the State Dept. were denied yester- 
day (IV by Francis Colt de Wolf, 
head of State's telecommunications 
division, and George Canty, his mo- 
tion picture specialist. . They said 
they knew of no such appointment 
coming up on cither a specific or 
regional basis. 

Such attaches are put on by em- 
bassies as specialists only on specific 
requests from industries, and the 
film industry has made no such re- 
quest. Telecommunications Division 
is the blanch of the State Dept. 
which handles negotiations with for- 
eign countries on commercial mo- 
tion picture matters. It now has two 
attaches on a regional basis, one in 
Europe and one in South America. 
However, they handle all the' busi- 
ness of the division, including radio 
and other matters, and have not 




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Oh well, it's only human, but 
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PICTURES 



Wednesday, October .3, 1945 




Reported President Truman Cued DJ 
Against Any Anti-Trust Compromise 



Sec. Vinson Urges End Of 
Excises Tax; Would Cut 
Nitery Tabs, Theatres 

•VV Washington, Oct. 2.. 
' Treasury Secretary Free) M. V in- I 
son yesterday tlV urged the House 
Ways & Means committee, now 
working on a new tax reduction bill, 
to end wartime excises effective July 
1, 1946. beginning of the Govern- 
ment's next fiscal year. 
This would include half of the 20' 



Di\ 
tice 



.1011 of the Department of Jus- 
wjlh attorneys ot distributor 



Reported that U. S. Attorney-Gen- > 

efiii Turn C. Clark was not com- 
pletely adamant against further dis 7 

cussions of proposals for a new con- 
sent decree, even less than a week 
.ago, w hich would have averted, (lie 

scheduled anti-trust suit in." N. • Y. 

next Monday, <8l,. but that President 
_aaawuuL,.vJas 'not sympathetic toward 
.any . additional - — compi'omise"~blans. 

B^Trwfn g of the trial live days 

front now seems a certainty. ' In 

legal circles, over the weekend, it 

was. indicated strongly there was no 

more hope for a pre-trial settlement 

of the issues involved, notably the 

theatre divorcement phase. .. 
Meantime, with that in . view, a 

meeting was held Monday (IV in the 

local headquarters of the Anti-Trust ; bite on theatre admissions, and three- 
fourths of the 20'.; ' levy on nitery 
tabs. Vinson eslima'cd that elimina- 
tion of all the wartime excises — in- 
cluding taxes on fur costs, pocket- 
books, etc.— would cost the Govern- 
ment about $347,000,000 of revenue 
during the last six months of 1946. 

"Relief to individuals which would 
be. particularly helpful to the lower 
and middle income groups." he said,, 
"can be given by setting an effective 
date for the excise tax reductions 
now provided, in the law. The in- 
I dustries . involved in the excise taxes 
j have pointed out the 'disadvantages 
arising' from the uncertainty in the 
effective ' dale for these automatic 
reductions." 

Vinson referred to the fact that 
j the wartime excises are to expire 
six months after the termination of 
hostilities. While the Ways & Means. 
I committee voted last week to take 
| no action regarding them, Senator 
Walter F. George (D„ Ga. f, chairman 
of the Senate Finance committee, has 
said he favors writing into the new 
tax bill a date terminating hostilities 
for tax purposes. Vinson's prod yes- 
terday may cause the Way 




Freer Pix Exchange Abroad as Peace 
Key, Trade-Labor Setup, Johnston Goal 



'Confident' Tom Clark 

Tito' current Saturday Evening 
Post esiWios a profile of Tom C. 
Clark. U. S. attorney general, 
' Whip so -for', has refused to en- 
tri'tain appeals tor a compromise 
• of the' anti-trust suit against the 
major distributors. Written by 
. Jack- Alexendev, article i.s labeled 
"The . President's New Lawyer." 
and among', other tilings, points 
up his stance as foMows: 

"Clark' has. immense reserves 
of : patience • and isn't likely, to 
use. .'his .atiti-trust club or any 
other of the weapons in the at- 
torney general's arsenal until he 
i.s reasonably confident of get* 
ting results." . ;.'.' .'■ 

Understood in fhe trade that 
Clark is' thoroughly convinced 
that the Dept. of Justice can win 
the suit against the distributors, 
forcing them to divorce theatres 
and ):);tn.'.ir.-a!'e other reforms. 



Thank you. Mr. Itpliorl Uarlu.ml. 
for having- said. ".Molly to me', is 
tfips, she ca n act. slit- <*an slug. Opt* 
of the Rreat hnlii's of the American 
showshop. Kv<'(j fi theatrical critic 
1 of the il'ra.niii ;'riin see that she has 
wliai it. iitkes to lay . Itroadway in. 
live aisles." 

WILLIAM MORRIS AGENCY 
Personal Representative 
. ' JACOB KALISH ' 

One University Pjace New York 



Washington, Oct. 2, 
Washington may nudge New York 
out as the nation's second most im- 
portant film industry city under a 
pi ofiram which Eric Johnston, new 
MPPDA prexy, is working on. 

Huddling with' the trade press 
here, Johnston.- -expanded on' a 
scheme to erect in the nation's capi* 
tal "Kit outstanding building" which 
would provide quarters "for all 
branches of picture business. The 
kind of setup he talked about would 
is operating only .in Holland, was the! be a virtual U. S. Chamber of Coin- 
opening gun in the U. S. film busi- imeroc, but specializing in the 
ness campaign against barriers 
erected against it in the foreign mar- 
Johnston, only recently named 



Johnston Also Heads. 
Export Corp.; UA With 
WB in 'United Front' 

Election, of Eric A. Johnston as I 
president of the newly-formed. Mo- ' 
lion Picture Export Assn., and. ol'li- j 
cial admission that the Export Assii. 'j 



defendants on trial procedure and j 
ways and means of expediting try- 
ing of the issues involved in the] 
case. There were no decree discus- 
sions at this meeting. 

Wendell Bcrge, assistant attorney 
general in charge of the criminal 
division and Ernest Meyers ancj 
Robert I,. Wright, special assistants] 
to Clark, attended this- session to- j 
Kether with Harold Lasser, local as- I 
sistant U. S. attorney. Attorneys 
appearing for distributors, all from i 



committee to reverse itself and lake 
some action. 

In his statement to the committee, 
the Treasury secretary urged overall 
reductions amounting to about $5,- 
000,000,000. In addition to the ex- 
■cises, he favored repeal of the. ex- 
cess profits tax on business, and of 
the so-called "normal" 3% tax on 
personal incomes. 

He said that at a later date, he 
favored an overall revision of the 
Federal tax structure which would 



Bebe Daniels to Prod. 
4 of Hal Roach's 12 
40-60 Min. Streamliners 

Hollywood. Oct. 2. 
Bebe Daniels, former film star, 
signed, to produce four streamlined 
comedies for Hal Roach after Jan. 1. 
when the Army returns the Roach 
studio to civilian operation. Roach 
will sign two more producers to 
complete his lineup for filming 12 
streamliners per year, at a cost of 
around $200,000 each, plus the salary 
of a star. Films will run from 40 to 
60 minutes. 

& Means j Studio will be the only one de- 



ket. 

Motion Picture Producers & Dis- 
tributors Assn. proxy, was unani- 
mously elected Export Assn. head by 
the directorate last Friday i2H), 

With, the formal joining up of 
United Artists last Friday, although 
out of the MPPDA, the Export setup 
now has all eight major companies 
as members. Warner Bros, is also a 
member although not belonging to 
the MPPDA; Glad Sears, UA v.p.. 
was named a director of the Export 
Assn. at last Friday's meeting. 

Full significance of this united 



the outside, were Joseph M. Pros- | w-ipe out most of the excises com- 
kauoi' for Warners, John W. Davis I pletely. 

for Loew s: Fred Pride, representing | "We should eliminiaie as far as 
20th-Fox: Whitney Seymour for j possible the sales and excise taxes," 
Paramount, and R. R. Irvine. RKO's j he said in that connection, "because 
special counsel on case. DJ group . they not only put an unfair and hid- I 
indicated to distrib attorneys that den tax burden on those with low 



incomes, but they also restrict mar- 
kets foi business." 

Some weeks ago" "Variety dis- 
closed that Vinson favored complete | lmn m ,t 

abolition -of the admissions tax' and produced* for him by Arthur W 
most other excises. j K ,,„ y and -„.„.. p kk1ord w|1J <|o 



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PIX BIZ ENCOURAGED 
BY NW LABOR SURVEY 

Minneapolis, Oct. 2. 
Film trade here is encouraged j Earle W. H 1111110 II s' 1-Yl*. 

again by the conclusion reached by j ^ , . „,.,, „ ,,. 
the Star Journal here, after a sur- j- l^Ontraqt With KOSS F ed < 

vey of business firms, that employ- i As newly-elected president of Fed- i Gradwcll Si 

mehl total for Minneapolis in 1946 f eral Service. Earle W. 'Hammons i ! 

will be 24','.' greater than in 194,0, the | veteran shorts producer, will re- 
last prewar year. In fact, indica- organize the- checking system o( this 
tions arc that the 1946 employment j company. His deal with ' Ross is 
will equal the wartime peak, under a one-year contract. Harry 

Newspaper made the survey A . Ross, founder of the organization. 

becomes chairman .of the board. 

Ross plans to devote m'ost of his 
lime personally to the llimm. field. 
! Which he is entering to supply equip-. 

^ menHtu-oughout the country to com- 
fit 2ai.0OO. which is 45,000 more than mc ,. cia , acboun , 

m 1040 and cqu.il to the high em- \ bc suppliet , 

ploynrcnt record in July of this year, 1 |hoalre» 

at the wartime peak," the Star ' 

Journal said. 



voted exclusively to comedies ot that 
length. Roach has made no releasing 
deal to date, preferring to wait until 
lie has completed about half a dozen 
of the pictures before arranging for 
distribution. 

During the war the studio, has 
been operated by the Army Air 
Forces Photograph Section at a 
rental, of $13fi.000 per year. During 
j three years of occupation the Army 
spent around $500,000 on equipment 
and improvements. About half the 
I equipment will be removed by the 
I Government and the rest will accrue 
I to Roach. 

10 Short Features on U. A. Sked 

Hoi. y wood, Oct. 2. 
Streamlined pictures will get a 
heavy play on the United Artists re- 
leasing program next season, with 

pect, Charles Chaplin has decided to 
3 series of this type, to be 



in- 
dustry. , . ';.,. - » ■ 

1 "Such a place," he said, "would 
; include a grapliic display of the his- 
I tory of the industry. There would 
be ;i library of films, a smtii) thea- 
tre, offices for all segments of the 
industry. " including .the craft and 
guild unions, service for visiting mo- 
tion picture officials." He said the 
; project might be taken over by the 
j Institute of Motion Pictures which 
ihe has proposed, and said he wanted 
I to bring in not only the production; 
end, but also distribution and ex- 
hibition. •' 

Johnston appeared dissatisfied 
with the job that has been done by 
front was appreciated as Johnston i MPPDA in the past and declared he 
outlined a precise program of attack ! was ready to take on a lot of extra 
in the world market. It was stated, .work. Some highlights of the press 
after, last week's session, that t lie i conference:. - 
machinery of the Export Assn. was I i. He is moving ahead on plans 
I being used solely because U. S. dis- ! for the Institute which he hopes will 
llnbutors are confronted with bar- j handle trade and labor practices of 
rieis which can be surmounted only hh t . industry.' "We.' have to solve v 
through such united ac.ion as Con- them in the industry." he said; "or 
gress had in mind in the Wc'ob- | they will be solved by the govern- 
Pomerene Act, which permits the ; ment. Industries talk about self-, 
operation of groups of ' companies.': regulation, but little has been done 
not permitted in the U. S:, in the 1 i; bbut it. We need a policy gVoup ot 
foreign field. J al j .segments of the industry." 

i , 2.- Johnston is going to Hollywood 
i within the next two weeks to dis- 
! cuss establishment of - a full time 
i head of the MPPDA office there. 
Research Program Mapped 
3. He wants an extensive research 
program which would develop inex- 
pensive non-inflammable 'film, three 
dimensional projection, educational 
possibilities, etc. He foresaw the 
necessity of pictures to develop pro- 
grams along that line as public serv- 
ice jobs which might compare with 



this connection, Johnston 



likewise, with her husband, Buddy 
Rogers, handling the production end. 

Miss Pickford is in New York now 
for a UA board meeting and to dis- 
cuss her production plans with 
sales chief. 



among. 500 firms and these represent 
jibout 50';. of total employment' in 
the city. ■ 

"Results from this sample indicate 
employment next year is estimated 



it 



No equipment will 
in opposition. . to 



Four hading business groups and 
organizations cooperated in con- 
ducting the .-urvey. 

J. S. Jones. Minnesota Farm Bu- 
reau ' FetVirttf ion • executive secretary, 
has made , the prediction that the 
farmer and his family probably will 
•be the largest buyer in' the postwar 
era, which.: it's pointed, out, also 
should help to make for good 
tin t aire bus'ness. -. . 



Cummiiigs Decish Upheld 



j Ross is presently checking per- 
1 cmta'ge dates only for 20lh-Fnx. Sam 
Goldwyn and David O. Selznick. 
tast. spring it suffered a loss when 
Paramount. Universal, RKO, Colum- 
bia and United' Artists set up their 
own. checking outfit, Ccnlidentia) 
Reports,. Inc. 

Hammons. pioneer in the shorts 
field, for -many years had his. own 
company. Educational, and also was 
president of the defunct Grand Na- 
tional Pictures. In 1942 Hamimnis 
became a", short producer oil release 
through Par. 



Loop's First Pic Preem 
In Five Years Is 'Dollys' 

Chicago. Oct. 2. 
First /world preem of an important 
pie to be held in the Loop in five 
years is skedded for Friday CM at 
the Chicago when, according to 20th- 
Fox, p.a.'ers with "The Dolly Sisters" 
will be George Jessel. producer: 
June Haver. Vivian Blaine. Caesar 
Romero and Phil Silvers, who'll ap- 
pear at all shows during the day. 
Also planned are a parade, followed 
by a pitch in front of the theatre: 
visits to hospitals in the vicinity,' 
and press party at the Sherman 
I hotel. . .,..' ■■•'.;: 

I . In, charge of the afToir are Tom 
j Connors, vet pee over sales for 20th, 
I and John Balaban, general manager 
| for Balaban /': Kalz. with Sid Blu- 
menstock in charge of exploitation. 



In 
stated 

"The purpose of the Motion Pic- 
ture Export Assn.. Inc.. is to pro- 
mote the sale of motion, p'.clures; in 
foreign countries on a fair, co'mpe i- 
tive basis. This country has no trade 
barrier* against films from other 
lands, and we want no tiide bar- 
riers established against us." : 

It will be recalled that there has 
been a growing tendency on the. part 
of some foreign governments'- to 
establish such barriers, via film 
monopolies, unfair taxation and 
other restrictions. 

Outlining tho further objectives of 
the Export Assn., Johnston s:\id: 

"The American film industry has 
no de.-ire to use the mot ion •picture, 
for unworthy, purposes. Other na- 
tions would resent it if we tried, just" 
as we resent any -atrempfon dheir 
part to 'propagandize' us. The best 
propaganda is 'no propaganda. 

"The .notion picture is too potent 

: f^ M ^ay'Wyg^aafe«;-'.' '-j;n»- 

derstandmg anif Iritntl.-hip Tor V,s 
usefulness to be circumseribed. We 
hope to send abroad an increasing 
number of films which will be an 
honest portrayal of. American life 
and which, at the same time, will 
provide wholesome entertainment. 
We will welcome similar films from 
abroad. A free exchange of motion 
pictures among the nations will help 
greatly in the development of a 
healthy, .prosperous, pc-.ceful -world " 
Murray Silverstone had been act- 
ing as temporary prexy' of the Ex- 
port Assn. 

Industry was conjecturing as to 
what foreign country ncxl would 
come under Export Corp. setup, with 
! latest interest focusing on Spain and 
Yugoslavia. . , 



the non-commercial. 



cultural sus- 
tlie networks 



laming programs of 
and radio stations. 

4. He called freer exchange of 
films among the nations oi' the world 
"almost the keystone to future 
peace." He will try to expand the 
loleign representation of MPPDA. 
• Continued on page 31 ) 



San Francisco. Oct, 2. 
U. S. Court of Appeals upheld the 
action of Federal Judge Hollzev in 
terminating Robert 



explained. that the Vludio had ceased 
making warlike films but would keep 



Par's Igloo Out'ets 

-•" Seattle^ O, t. 2. 

t Cummings' I Paramount closed a' deal with the { on iritogifn^i^u^nc^VoTfte*^ 
M- y 90 loii i W ( Universal, as of Gross Theatre circuit in Alaska for wi'h entertainment' ' 01 ^'^ 
M»-y|» v 194f Actor was al,so award- the showing of the .studio's product 
f.dvS2,2f»0 in back pay. during the 1945-4B season, Dwight 

Court ruled that Cummings was Sprachcr.. of. Paramourit's Seattle 

exchange, arranged the deal 
the 10-housc circuit in Juneau 



WB's idea' Pix 

Hollywood, Oct. 2. 
Warners will continue to produce 
"idea pictures-" in a peacetime world, \ cr.ty was purchased by P., I he 1 
weording to Jack L. Warner, who I tries ' 



RKO-PATHE'S NEW N.Y. 
STUDIO AND FILM LAB 

RKO-Palhe News and Palhc In- 
dustries. Inc.. have acquired the 11- 
story building at 'KJflJh sired and' 1 : 
Park avenue for their-- New York I 
studio and film laboratct.ies. Site 
covers 31.Q00 scjuare ltd, I'm.-ch-'-'e .' 
price was a reputed If 'j .OOO.OtlO- with I 
considerable coin still to .he spent to 
refurbish Ihe huilding., ' 

Documentaries,, as' well as other i 
specialized subjects including the 
"This Is America" S'en'cs, « ill he 
produced at the new studios I 



F.P.CANADIAN SUBS1D 

I cligiar^WiiTW 

Toronto. Oct. 2. 
; Over 200 managers and leading 
; licurcs in Canada's film industry 
were banquet guests here marking 
! the 10th anniversary of- 20ih-Cen- 
i tury Theatres, affiliate of Famous 
j flayers-Canadian Corp. (Subsidiary 
: has 47 houses in Ontario. 21 of 
•these in Toronto.) N. A. Taylor, 
! picz of 20th, and Raoul Aurbach, 
j.g.iii„ were each presented with 
I office portable radios, with Hye 
I Bossin acting throughout as toast- 
master. Gathering was held in the 
Crystal Ballroom of the King Ed- 
ward, hotel. . - 

In relating the history of FP-C"s' 
"baby chain,"- Taylor -recounted 
how, 10 years ago, "his organization 
started out with seven office, suites 
ant! had to sublet five of these to 
pay the; office rent. Organization 
started in 1935 with two booking »t- 
("ouuts. Taylor said. He paid tribute 
to the later cooperation-of J. J. KtiiE- 
g'ibbon-, FP-Can. pfez, who was prcs- 
I'lil as one on the lengthy rosier of 
spealsefs'. Given an ovation was 
Capl. John J. Fitzgibbon. Jr., U.S. 
Army, who returned here last week 
direct from Okinawa and who. alter 
military discharge, returns Co KP- 
Caii.'s head office here. 



rop- 



within Irs rights in refusing to play 
» role in 'Fired Wife." 



with 



Warner 

p.'etice. Jnritt.slryi shotdd keep up 
wiih important events of worldwide 
interests • .and not limit itself to 
escapist films. 



Mayer a 'Globester' 

Arthur L. Mayer, owner of the 
Riaitli •theatre, N. Y., and assistant 
to the chairman of the American 
Red Cross, i.s one of the party mak- 
ing the' "globester" flight ' Irom 
I Washington in a C-54, Making off on 



Inc.. with Erwin S. Woll'son 
handling the deal, according to the 
announcement by Frederic .Oilman. 
Jr., prexy of RKO-Palhe News, and 
Kenneth M. Young, chairman of the 
declared that the motion | board of Pathe Industries. Inc.' j i2HV. 

Both 01T; ,nizat!oi'r, will continue to They're due back 'tomorrow 
mainca.n exec ofiV es. h«w< ve.r. at iThurs.) but Mayer is getliug off in 
their present site, 625 Madison J Calcutta where he has Red Cross 
avc,uie - ., • • 1 business. 



the 23.000-mile route )a.-t Friday 



PAkiety 



Wednesday, Oclolior 3, 1945 







Opened a month ago to biggest first-day figures in N. Y. 
Paramount history .. . Followed two weeks later, by Los Angeles 
and Hollywood debuts topping "Incendiary Blonde"! 



L. 



WtMluesday, Odober 3, 1045 




mm 



Sim- 



JENNIFER JONES and JOSEPH COTTEN 
in HAL WALLIS' production "LOVE 
LETTERS" with Ann Richards and Cecil 
Kellaway, Gladys Cooper, Anita Louise 
Directed by William Dieterle 



JEOVE LETTERS 



breaks all known records in theatre's 27-year history! Fourth 
week actually topped the third — and fifth week is leading the 
fourth as we go to press! And second engagement at San 
Francisco Fox is matching this amazing pace. 




eep. 



ting, pie 



10 



PftRIETY 



Wednesday, October 3, 1915 



"THE LOST WEEKEND"starring RAY MILLAND 
and JANE WYMAN with. Phillip Terry, Howard 
da Silva. Produced by Charles Brackett. Directed by 
Billy Wilder. From the Novel by Charles Jackson. 



♦ 



1 - ■ 



P 



^JHE LOST IV EE K END 

Never has any picture been praised so highly — by so many 
-leading. •ciWtS' jS ^s^% ad\ra«ce of its Km^;showk^! ! ^^v€Tk- 
table avalanche of unrestrained and unanimous raves already in 
print or on the presses gives advance assurance that this will 
be the most talked-about picture since "Going My Way." 




In Paramount^ First Block for 1945-46 



Get set for VICTORY LOAN. Oct. 29-Dec. 8 ' 



Wednesday, October 3, 1945 



PICTURES 



11 



170,009 Deliveries of Par Pix During 
3d-of-Century Fete Unusual Record 



All industry "records -in- the play-* 
in , of film of any company for any 
similar period has been shattered 

dining the 
Century C« 



five-week Third-of-a 
debration of Paramount 
which ended Friday night (29), 
whe.1 final figures; supplied by 
Charles M. Reagan, v.p. over distri- 
bution, showed, that, deliveries 
reached the amazing total of 1,0,009. 
It, order to attain this figure it was 
necessary to strip vaults of all 
available prints and keep them con- 
stantly oil the move, _ \ • .- 

Kxaet number of shipments made 
, vel e :»:i.2S7 for the week ended 
Sent 1 38.749 on Sept. 8; 33.109, 
Sent 15i 32.781, Sept. 22 and 32.133. 
Sept 29. an average of 34,002 over 
the live-week period. Each year the 
so-called Paramount Week is the 
f, v <\ in September that includes 
Labor Dav. Record .high in deliv- 
eries previously was struck in 1936 
when 311.887 shipments were made. 
However,: in contrast to the figure 
then arid over the past Labor Day, 
a difference of around 8,000, is the 
fact, as pointed out, that in 193(1 
Par had 68 features and 10-3 shorts 



Ida Lupino's 20th Deal 

Hollywood, Oct. 2, 
Ida Lupino. who owes 20th-Fox 
one piclnve, will carry out that com- 
mitment as fertime lead in "The Dark 
Corner," a whodunit to be produced 
by Fred Kohlmar and directed by 
Henry Hathaway. 

Filming starts in November, with 
William Bendix and Clifton Webb 
sharing top spots. 



N. Y. Boothmen May 
Not Run fix of 5 
Cos. After Oct. 19 

Unless there is a settlement of 
long-strained; negotiations with N. Y. 
theatre circuits and leading down- 
town individual operations by Oct. 
19. a serious tieup of boofhs through- 
out the Greater N Y. area is threat- 
ened 



At meeting of membership of Lo- 
ws against 28 features, two reissues ! ca v 306. Moving Picture Machine Op- 
and M shorts this year. The aver- e ,- at ors of N.Y. Monday midnight (31), 
aae in deliveries over the nine years n elman Gelber, president, was an- 
from 1936 through 1944 was 27.410. t nol .j;, et t to direct projectionists for 
Results of the Third-of-Century companies, where contractual nego- 



2 N.Y. Dailies Back To 
Limiting Amus. Ads 
But Others Open Up 

Two N. Y. daily newspapers which 
a week ago announced they were 
prepared to accept all picture adver- 
tising space desired,; have back- 
tracked. The papers. Herald Tri- 
bune and Daily News, both morn- 
ing, have gone back to rationing, un- 
til at least Jan. 1. not only so far 
as amusement sections are concerned 
but also for other departments. A 
1'j.ish for space and fear on part of 
these papers that some departments 
may go whole-hog, forced the 
change in policy. 

As result, Trib and News-, will not 
permit any more lineage on pictures 
than was used for the correspond- 
ing months between now and Jan. 1 
in 1944." : ■ : 

N. Y. Times never did ease up bul 
some consolation that throughout 
the country much more space will 
be available shortly is had through 
notification that all of the seven 
Boston dailies, the News in Cleve- 
land and Times in Detroit, have 
lifted all restrictions for all segments 
of the industry. 

Picture industry during wartime 
with its newsprint shortages has not 
been happy in being forced to use* 
radio as a substitute means of ad- I 
vertising. 



IATSE, Painters Await NLRB Hearing 
Decish, With Fired Strikers the Issue 



Keighley Preps Song Biog 

* Hollyvvood, Oct. 2. 

First production by William Keigh- 
ley since his return to civvies will 
be "I Love You Truly," built on the 
life story of Carrie Jacobs-Bond, 
song writer, 

Keighley left for New York to 
work out financing and distribution 
problems with his partner, Ralph 
Jester. 



celebration by Par reflects the high 
esteem of exhibitors for Reagan, his 
sale? force and his policies. Reagan, 
aside from this, however, is not un- 

mindful of the fact that the colebra- mount. Also affected, if there's no 
lion drive could not have been as , settlement by Oct. 19. will be screen - 
successful' as it was without the co- \ n% rooms in homeoffices. and ex 
operation received from the .coup- changes as. well as newsreel labs 



lions have reached an impasse, not 
to run ov handle film of companies 
involved, which are Metro, RKO, 
Warner Bios., 20lh-Fox and Para 



try's exhibitors, radio, the trade and 
lay press. 

Stressed as exceptionally unusual 
was the fact that the N.Y. Par ex- 
change, managed by Henry Handel 



Rub on a new contract for opera- 
tors retroactive to' Sept 1 last in- 
volves all Broadway theatres and 
those of the Loew. RKO. Skouras 
and Randl'oree chains, who have 



emerged second on deliveries de- stalled Local 306 on a new deal for 
•spite the fact that this branch is riot . many months now", 
selling around 185 important neigh- I Op union.' which has enjoyed in 
borhood theatres of the Brandt, ! creases totaling only 1°'< since 1932. 
Century and Skouras chains. j is demanding a 25'.:;. boost, while 

Among districts. Hugh Owens. ! theatres are counter-offering only 
which includes N.Y.. Atlanta, Char- j 5;. Meantime, .the union ^>n»«M 
lolte and New Orleans, came out '*»>*»* °« to change the 

first. .Harry Goldstein's Cleveland I old ^contract with respect to-vai.ous 
district was second and Del Good- I conditions would have the net e lect 
-ma 1 rs--Wesr-Coast- " distVe^thiH;1^- ro ^ ,<ll?, ' tl0 ^ l-educing the total 
Among exchanges. Indianapolis, of j salaries ot projectionists 
which Dick Frank is manager, made Local 30b is ready and -eager to 
the most shipments, while Denver, meet at any time and any place with, 
managed by Chct Bell, ran , hiV( | 11"' llu-alre group W'hich may be des- 
behind NY ignated m hopes of reaching a sct- 

~ ..,.,'„' . ■ ". J tlement and avcrting.a strike, Gelber 

S , J >r u w ( or h"'" 01,1 ot stated yesterday .Tuesday). 

Seattle, did the best job among ! . 

salesmen, while Louis Aurclio of I 
Chicago placed and Jvlax ' Harilield.. I 
also of Seattle, canle in for show i 
money, 

On over-counter sales for bookers, 
Jerry Weiss of the -Chicago office, 



Bldg. Strike Boomed 
N.Y. Theatres, Jammed 
Hotels; Hardships 

Elevator strike in over 2,000 New 
York business buildings, which 
paralyzed operations for several 
picture companies and other amuse- 
ment enterprises all of last week, at 
same time creating difficulties in the 
broadcasting field, came to a halt 
Saturday afternoon (29) when' 
strikers acceded to request of Gov- 
ernor Dewey to submit dispute to 
arbitration. - . ' ; " 

For the film theatres the strike 
proved a windfall with many thou- 
sands . absent from work going to 
shows. Matinees were away up. first 
two days of strike, Monday-Tuesday 
(24-25) being particularly big. On 
Friday, payday for most people, 
there was less absenteeism since 
there was an incentive to climb 
stairs in order to collect paychecks. 
On the week through Friday night 
Reissuing of features with per- I estimated that Broadway boxoffice 
sonalilies who were not big b.o, was about 10';. more than normal, 
draws at the time the pictures were Facing serious problem im- 
originally released may result in mediately alter strike was called in 
sockp grosses for the pix on the Film Center bldg., distributors ap- 
basis. of current boxoffice returns, pealed to union for eawrgency man 
but in the long run it will hurt the j to run freight elevator and keep film 
expectancy of new product in the 
opinion of many industry observers. 

One instance, of several, is a sit- 
uation in Boston where first-run 
! houses have been playing dualled 
i reissues to good returns. Three dual 
[bills that played the Hub recently 



Fear Reissues 
May Boomerang 



moving. Elevator was in Operation 
only until 3 p.m., but exchanges in 
Film Center were -.able to get out 
necessary shipments. However, 
union would not permit the carrying 
of any film going lo screening rooms 
in or out of building, nor could any 



Washington. Oct. 2. 

IATSE and the Painters were 
awaiting word of the National Labor 
Relations Board ruling in the studio 
fight between them after last Fri- 
day's. '28) hearing, Hearing devel- 
oped that the issue, which had been 
snarling NLRB in handing down a 
ruling, was Hhe question of whether 
the strikers were legally fired. This 
is the key point in whether the 
strikers, Local 1421; are eligible to 
vole in the bargaining , election for 
the Set Decorators. 

In arguments which lasted nearly 
three hours, counsel for the studios 
and for IATSE insisted that the tir- 
ing was legal, while attorneys for 
1421 denied this and claimed that the 
issue was far broader than a juris- 
dictional question; Hearing was to 
have started at 10:30 a:m.. but did 
not get under way until nearly noon 
because the Labor Board and oppos- 
ing counsel met in a secret huddle 
behind closed doors for more than 
an hour. Meanwhile, several con- 
gressmen from the Los Angeles dis- 
trict, who had turned out to watch 
the hearing, were left cooling their 
heels in the hearing room. All had 
to leave shortly after the hearing 
began. 

The congressmen who turned out 
were Mrs.' Helen Gahagan Douglas, 
Gordon L. McDonough. Ellis E Pat- 
terson and Clyde Doyle; 

Horner Mitchell, L. A. attorney, 
opened the hearing by presenting 
the- case for the producers, He 
argued that the studios were in the 
middle of a jurisdictional dispute 
and said that the crux of the situa- 
tion was whether or not the produ- 
cers were ' guilty of unfair labor 
practices. He interpreted the brief 
tiled by 1421 as involving two issues: 
J. Refusal of the studios to recog- 
nize 1421 as ; bargaining agenl.for the 
set designers'; " ~ " .'""' 

2. Discharge of the strikers. 

No "Unfair" Charges Made 
He went on to point out that no 
charges of "unfair labor practices" 
were made originally and therefore 
contended that the Board was not 
bound to proceed on that issue at 
all. He said the question came into 



i were Universalis "East Side of I prints come in from laboratories 

! Heaven" with Bing Crosby, ' paired Screenings w ere interfered with in J thb case quite late—when 1421 filed 
(with -"Imitation of , Life" starring J?aramounl and Republic buildings, j j ts brief. Mitchell said thai Supreme 



but not in Radio City and other j. Court decisions proyed the right of 
buildings., including Loew's State. | an employer to discharge an- em- 
ployee for any reason except "lor 
interfering with his concerted activi- 
ties." .'-. 



GRIFFITH TRIAL OYER 
SOON, DECISION LATER 



RKO MANAGERS GUILD 
WINS; $85-$140 SCALE 

Scoring ••••! decisive victory in its 
".•v,'i»'"?j', 1 -t!c K'nr'yff'KiX-iiK- ;na?!J.gets 
and assistants in 41 of. the RKO 
houses in Greater N. Y. and West- 
chester county, under a decision of 
the Regional War Labor Board 
handed down Saturday (29). obtain 
salary minimums. increases and va- 
rious working conditions. 

Decision grants a reduction in the 
work week from C3 to 48 hours, with 



However, he contended, they were 
not fired for union activity but for 
failure "to live up to their legal 
contract obligations." and that there- 
(Coolinued on page 311 



GRE§THMJ^,>^, 
AD-POB ACCOUNTS 



Oklahoma City, Oct. 2. 
Indicated on Monday U> that 
the long drawn-out anti-trust ca.e 

against the Griffith theatre- Interests [ time-and-a-half for overtime, and an 
would end in Federal court 'here I immediate boost in pay of $7.83 a 
early this week, but that it .would ! week. Kate ranges established for 
be some time before Judge Edgar S. ! managers are $85 to $140 weekly ;and 



Vaught-hands down his decision. Un- 
derstood that the judge wants addi- 
tional time for consideration and re- 
view • of the case before giving a 
Verdict. 



from MO to $75 for assistants. Board 
further- directed, that managers are 
to lie placed in the same relative po- 
sitions in I lie new rate ranges which 
they hail heretofore occupied in th 



Among Monday's witnesses was j old ranges. Old rate ranges were $50 
Lawrence C. Bosher. former sccre- .to $125 for managers and $25 to $60 
tary-treasurer of Seminole Amus.: | for' assistant managers. As result. 
Co.. Shawnee. Okla.. who was called i the order Will mean substantial 
in rebuttal by Federal attorneys to Wage increases for the RKO union, 
confirm earlier testimony by Jake j known as Motion picture Theatre 
Jones about the leasing of the Cri- Operating Managers & Assistant 
terion theatre in Shawnee to the 1 Managers Guild 



Claudette Colbert; Warners' dual re 
issue bill. "Born for Trouble." with 

Van Johnson and Faye Emerson, and j Loew's quickly signed a separate 
"It AJl Came True" with Humphrey : contract ■with the union. Para- 
Bogart and Ann Sheridan, and only mount, tallest building in Times 
last week the Paramount dualler. Square, houses Par. Film Board of 
"Northwest Mounted Police" with {Trade, Buchanan ad agency, the 
Gary' Cooper; and "This Gun for : Skouras, Prudential. Raritan and 
Hire" starring Alan Ladd. . | other theatre circuits, plus various 

All these bills did terrific business, other- amusement interests. 
Last week, 20th-Fox Opened up with One of problems encountered was 
a high-budget Technicolor musical, I getting mail, .while another' was in 
"State Faii," at an important M(gs>? j moving advertising matter and other 
ih;--'B?>..te;i. •3»U-,.',U»". , £^^ 

buzzing, people wanting lo know if 1 Meantime, there was no maintenance ' 
Will Rogers is starred in the. pic- and no cleaning. In the Paramount 
lure. Latter, of course, was featured | building Par people were jamming! Hollywood. Oct. 2. 

in the original version, and Boston | the private elevator in the theatre,) Major Monroe Greentha I. recently 
audiences. ha> been educated to re- [but when the union squawked about ; out of Army and former advertising 
issues during the past several weeks, this, only a small number continued .and publicity chief for United Art- 
took it for" granted that this • was to use these elevators, which are : ists, is going Into' business on his 
another reissue. manned by theatre ushers and go to ' own, Greenthal has several ,j ode- 

Producers.' too, look at the sit- 11th floor of Par building. | pendent accounts lined up here .to 

nation with alarm, David p. -Selzi "he strike had elfeet of jamming j handle their advertising and ex- 
nick recently sold several properties ( N. Y. with transients. Many visiting i ploilation from offices he will es- 
to RKO for future production, the the city on business 'were stuck to - tablish in New York. Understood 
deal including loan-out of Selznick's (their hotel rooms longer than plan- j that one of accounts he has already 
star roster, directors and other I 'led. while others meantime wore j is Jules Levey, who ju.;l completed 
talent. Among the properties slated J coming in to pick up reservations, ; "Abilene," starring Randolph Scott 
lor production are remakes of "Bill! the whole situation causing a bad 
of Divorcement" and "Little problem for hotels. 

both scheduled to be top- j -"— - - 



Women.' 
budget pix. 



Additionally.- all 



Griffith Amus. Co 

On the stand also was Pat Duffy, 
indie' exhibitor of Mangunv. Okla.. 
who was recalled for questioning 
about his correspondence with Grif- 
fith. 

Case, originally filed six years ago. t 
seeks to dissolve the Griffith com- i 



provisions of the RWLB are retroac- 
tive to Dec. 8. 1944; 

There is to be seniority in connec- 
tion with layoffs and promotions, 
with ell dispute's to be submitted to 
arbitration, and no discharges may 
be made excent for just cause. The 
ii ilri is given the fight to dispute the 



1 Schine's Daughter to Wed 

"Gloyersvillc. N. Y, Oct. 2. 
' Announcement, .made of engage- 
] m'ent of Doris Schine, 'daughter or 
; Mr. and Mrs. J. Myer -Scliine, .-t«i 
'Morton H: Maxwell, son of Dr. and 
i Mrs. William Maxw'ell; of N. Y. Ci'.y. 
The wedding takes place next sum- 
mer. 



Pis-Radio-Press Powwow 

On UN Food Conference weeks, - Greenthal has been talking 



and Ann Dvorak. Other account re- 
ported as wrapped up is handling 
of Howard Hughes' "Outlaw 5 * which 
will be released through UA. . 
While here, during the past few 



Washington. Oct, 2. 
Approximately 50 . film, radio, 
magazine and newspaper officials 
met with President Truman today 
('fues. ) at the White House.' Huddle 
was to discuss,. cooperation with the 
United Nationil'-Food and Agriculture 
j Conference, to .be held , in Quebec, 
I October 16. 



with virtually all producers, who 
are currently releasing through UA, 
on liis plan. 



Big Turnout for Dinner 
j In Honor of Jack Cohn 

Some 1.500 'fHniites honored Jack 
Cohn, Columbia Pictures v. p.. last 



Miss -Scliine is a senior at Finch 



.iiroprietv of any discharges and to 
panics which operate out of Okla- n; , vt ,. n lr 



home and Dallas on the grounds that, 
they have acted in restraint of trade. 



Wayne to Produce, Star 



Hollywood, Oct. 2. 



e determined by an ini- 
liartial arbitrator. Grievance ma- 
chinery is lo be set up for the hand- 
ling -qf all grievances, and disputes. 
The demands Of the guild 'for 
severance pay. vacations of two and 
three weeks w ith pay and sick leave 



Republic lore up John Wayne s | {mc [h,. dispute on salary, 'etc., went 



. j with pay, were settled with RKO be 

■■ s | fore I he d ism 

Player contract and handed him a j„ |he-itWL'B 

few pact to double as actor and j In hearings before the board guild 
associate producer. j was represented by Hymn it N. Glick- 

rirst job under the dual agree- i .stein, while Monroe Goldwatcr "(& 
rjent is likely to be "Thai Man ! Flyun ) appeared for RKO. George 
Malone." for which Wayne has al- j Dunn. manager of RKO's 81st Street, 
'eady been announced as slar. v i Is thuiruiau ot the MPTOM&AMG. 



College in N. Y. and Mr. Maxwell is 
r studying for a medical career. 1 
I Miss Schine's fiither is head of the 
j Schilie inteiests which owns more 

than 100 'theatres throughout 'the 
I United States: also several hotels. 

40% 'Do lys' 

I Reported 2(>lh-Fox wi ft seek dedls 
I of 41)';: to a siilil on "Dolly Sisters." 



Group of media .biggies .-first met | Thursday night . (27 1. for his years 
with Secretary of Agriculture Clin- J of philanthropic rnd'eivic endeavor, 
ton P. Anderson, who arranged the Affair, sponsored by the Anli-Def- 



huddle. 



It is ti'iifatlvely. stated for releaic 



in, November, but whether or not 
it will be sold together with "Colonel 
j Efl'iiigham Raid," also due to be 
available that month.- is uncertain. 
No other pictures are slated to be 
furnished during November. 



Youngstein's D.C. Chore 

Washington. Oct. 2. 
' .Max E. Youngstein. recently, re- 
signed as assistant director of ad- 
vertising. . publicity and exploitation 
for 20th-Fox, is now here as special 
consultant to the Motion Picture & 
Special Events Section of the Treas- 
ury War Finance Division, under 
Ned Shugriie, head of the section. 

Youngstein worked in both the 
0th and 7th War Loans. 



amation League of B'nai B'rith - was 
held at N; Y. \s Waldorf-Asiovia 
hotel. 

Nate B, Spiiigold, also a Columbia 
V.p.,wi;s chairman. Barney Balaban, 
Paramount president, and the' honor- 
ary chairman, presided at the dinner. 
Highlight of the evening was a dra- 
matic .tableau. "This Is Our Cause.'' 
which revealed how the American 
Jewish Committee and the Anti- 
Defamation League were combating 
anti-Semitism. Lowell Thomas was 
narrator. Ben 'Kagan scripiei. and 
Martin Andrews, producer ot the 
presentation. 



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London Legit Still Booming, Set For 
Big Fall; 'Big Boy; 'Sigh' Confound Crix 



By HARRY REGENSBERG 

London, Sept. 25. 

Even the most optimistic show 
people are confounded Mf the con- 
tinued prosperity of West End legit 
biz. consistently strong so long, and 
giving no sign of diminution. It 
makes little difference whether 
shows are praised or knocked by 
crix. the public still buys. 

Latest instances of this tendency 
are Noel Coward's revue,' J'Sigh No 
More.'' which received a mixed 
press! and Bernard Delfont's musi- 
cal. ' Big Boy." which was panned 
bv all. doing capacity biz. 

Situation is all the more suprising 
because the American contingent, a 
big factor in London. show business, 
is gradually diminishing. Part of 
support is obviously coming from 
provincials, here in big numbers 
now that the danger , from bombs 
and rockets no longer exists. 

Several new shows are in the 
oiling, with managements likely to 
have to keep them out of town for 
some lime due to the theatre short- 
age here. 

Henry Sherek. now establishing 
himself as one of the top producers, 
has two. One is "It .Happened in 
New York." Julie Mars play, now 
in rehearsal, and set to open Oct. 29. 
Show stars Claire Luce, and features 
Paul Bupuis. .Tack Allen and George 
Pempbroke. English actor just re- 
turned here from • Hollywood. 
Sherek. also, just acquired world 
rights to' Maurice '.Collis' best seller 
' Motherly the Auspicious," which he 
will produce as "The Lost Empress." 
He's after a big Hollywood name 
for the lead. 

.. Jack Hylton boasts two hits run- 
ning in West End, "Duet for Two 
Hands." straight pla3', and "For 
Crying . Out Loud." vaudeville-re- 
vue, at 'Stoll theatre. He soon 
will have a third in "Follow the 
Girls." the American musical hit. 
now touring the provinces and ex- 
pected to open at His Majesty's the- 
atre in October. Hylton is also get- 
ting together a cast for Joan Tem- 
ple's "No Room at the Inn," which 
he lias acquired after its tryout at 
Swiss Cottage. It will have a long 
tour in provinces before coming 
here. 

Others Readying: 
Tom Arnold, who has virtually re- 
placed George Black in the musical 
field, has a new one, How touring, 
titled "Fine Feathers," starring Jack 
Buchanan. Ethel Revnell (& Gracie 
West) and Douglas Wakefield and 
his stooges. Produced by Robert 
Nesbit. show is reputed to cost $75. 
000. Understood it needs doctoring 
before it arrives at Prince of Wales 
-theataM> o wt».i»re»th- , — » 

tMle^TTOiTtC-lSnTWK-friic 
for a return ' to the West End. 
finally looks like getting stalled 
shortly. He has acquired the light 
opera. "Big Ben," from the Punch 
humorist. Sir A. P. Herbert. 

Lee Ephraim, whose big hit musi- 
cal "Sweet Yesterday," is at the 
Adelphi. soon will bring to town 
"Under the Counter," new musical 
now touring with Cicely Courtneidgc 
as star. For first time in years, she 
is playing without her husband. Jack 
Hulbert. Also of importance is the 
revival of "The Gipsy Baron." 
Johann Strauss' operetta, last pro- 
duced in London some 2d years ago. 
Bert Montague, the agent, makes his 
debut as West End producer/ with 
this, offering it under title jdS 
Melody of Love." 

In addition, the West End is 
scheduled to get Monckton Hofl'e's 
new play "Green Laughter." due at 
Comedy theatre, in which Walter 
Rilla and Sonia Dresdel will be 
starred, and a murder thriller bv 
Charles K. .Freeman and Gerald 
Savory titled "Now the Day Is 
Over." 

By no means least important is the 
Old Vic Company revival of Shake- 
speare's "Henry IV." at New theatre, 
with star cast, headed by Laurence 
Olivier. Ralph Richardson and Sy- 
bil Thorndike. Set to open this week 
for short season. 



Canada's 'Meet the Navy' 

Show Sold for Pictures 

• . * #> ' 

"Meet the Navy." big Canadian 
show which played London Hippo? 
drome early this year for eight w eeks 
to capacity business, and could have 
stayed several months, has been sold 
for films by Harry Foster to Louis 
Jackson, head Of British National 
Films. Company is now touring Ger- 
many. 

The, film, which will have special 
Canadian Navy setting and will be 
made in cooperation with Royal Can- 
adian Navy, will have scenes em- 
bodied of Canada's war efforts. 

Deal is one of the biggest for a 
filmusical. to be made partly in 
Technicolor, shooting to start early 
November at British National Stu- 
dios, Elstree. 



Segal, Picker Named To 
Col. Int'l Exec Posts 

Jack Segal, assistant foreign man- 
ager of Columbia Pictures Interna- 
tional, was elected viccpresident and 
treasurer, and Arnold Picker, v.p.. 
at a meeting of company directors 
last week. Directorate also elected 
Herman Golden as controller. 

Picker, with the OWI for the last 
two yearn.- returned to-G-dlumbia In- 
ternational this week. He's also spe- 
cial assistant to Joseph A. McCon- 
ville, company prexy. 



Geo. Wood to Book 
IT. S. Acts for Englan 1 

Loudon, Oct. 2. 

Georgie Wood, who ssils tomorrow' 
(Wed. ) for America on the Laplan- 
dia, has carte blanche to book Yank 
acts for two major British circuits. 

Wood is. taking a new stage-light- 
ng invention along which he intends 
'o sell in the U. S, 



FT wood Britishers Help 
English Equity Bureau 
To Aid Returned Yets 

London. Sept. 25. 

Hollywood dough subscribed by 
the British film colony there for the 
benefit of London pros during the 
"40-'41 blitz is behind the newly- 
established Equity Demobilization 
Service Bureau launched today at 
the Waldorf hotel. An outgrowth of 
the Equity War Relief Fund the 
bureau has contacted producers and 
agents, and succeeded in enlisting 
their support of the idea of giving 
actors and actresses who have been 
in uniform for six years first pri- 
ority on their, return to civil life. 

The bureau opened' last Monday 
124) under the direction of Geof- 
frey Robinson, assistant secretary of 
Equity up to the lime he rejoined 
his old. regiment in 1839. As this is 
his own second time to leave the 
service, he knows plenty about the 
troubles of show folks trying to re- 
sume careers in the theatre, after 
being forcibly separated for five or 
six seasons. 

"Even in the busuvr.is," Robinson 
told "Variety." "people who have 
been in London right through the 
war don't realize what great changes 
have taken place. Old-established 
managements have disappeared. In- 
dividual producers have died. The- 
atres and music halls have been re- 
duced to rubble. In the bewildered 
eyes of the returning artist'. London 
will b? almost a strange city: , 

"Shows are staged with casts in- 
cluding hardly a name recognizable, 
lo troupers whose last West End ap- 
Vtutaf.ee- pwk- «■• ^»38 u -vrhis. 

gocTToV'MusH: 'if;.!!' bills '4M -film 
productions. So naturally the ex- 
service man and woman wonder if 
they've been permanently sup- 
planted by these newcomers. 

"Oldsters like me remember what 
happened after the 1914-18 show. 
Then our war service turned out to 
be an obstacle rather than a recom- 
mendation when they tried to break 
back into postwar productions. 
Equity is determined this shall not 
happen again. We have reason to 
believe the great majority ol man- 
agers are with us. We have the as- 
surance • of leading agents they'll 
back us up. too. 

"While there will be no charge for 
the bureau's service, it will not cut 
into the agents' field. On the con- 
trary, the actual securing of en- 
gagements and negotiation of terms 
will be the responsibility of the 
artists and 'or their agents. What 
the bureau confidently expects is 
priority of consideration in the case 
of artisls introduced by it from 
those concerned in casting plays, 
IVlivis and BBC broadcasts. 

"It ; may interest Americans to 
know the bureau is financed' by the 
Equity War Relief Fund which was 
started by the generosity of British 
artisl'S in Hollywood who sent large 
chunks' of dollars lo. London to help 
height of the blitz. Of course. , this 
source of revenue dried up when 
America came into the war. but it 
has been kept going by British 
artists in work, coupled with the 
assistance of managers and film pro- 
ducers who have . given handsome 
percentages of their receipts from 
special matinees and film premieres." 

The bureau's management com- 
mittee consists of Leslie Banks, 
chairman: Adrianne Allen. Eleanor 
Hatlam, Peter Castneiv William 
Fox. Rodney Milling ton and Llewel- 
lyn Revs, general secretary of Equity. 



'Pin-Up' Girls Balk At 
Mex. City Night Spot; 
Appeal to Am. Embassy 

Mexico City) Sept. 25. 

A group of American nightclub 
people have protested to the U. S. 
embassy that a Mexican booker was 
trying to force them to play at a 
disreputable night club. The girls, 
headed by Thelma White, musical 
comedy and picture comedienne, 
contracted by Hollywood producer, 
were Harry Rogers, lo play the Iris 
theatre, and a "first-class nightclub" 
fqr four weeks. 

The girls' found they were adver- 
tised to play, in addition to the Iris, 
an old legit house, the Waikiki. 
which they described as a "stag 
place frequented by 'B' girls of the 
lowest class." 

"Many of the girls in our com- 
pany are minors," said Miss White, 
"and naturally we won't allow them 
to play this club. The protest to the 
embassy was made when Jdse Val- 
encia, booker for the Iris, and who 
contracted for our appearances at 
the Waikiki. said he would put us 
on half salary." 

Miss White said the troupe was 
forced to join unions they never 
heard of. and a member of the com- 
pany; was even threatened with ar- 
rest. 

Some members of the troupe said 
they were given a big buildup about 
how cheap living condtions are in 
Mexico, and accepted a salary about 
halt that they would receive in U.S., 
only to find Mexico in. a grip of in- 
flation. Some members were paying 
$160 a month for an apartment. 

Besides Miss White, the troupe 
consists of the following standard 
acts: The Four Herzogs. Carlylc 
dancers; the Kitchennetes. The Three 
Darts. Maxine Gates, Yolander. the 
Piccadilly Puppets and Peggy Rus- 
sell's Hollywood girl band. Outfit 
was tagged "Hollywood Pin-Up 
Girls." Valencia went to Hollywood 
to personally book the Pin-Up girls. 
He said he had a clear contract with 
Rogers, and that the city had granted 
the- Waikiki a first-class night club 
license. 



West End Legiters Stay Strong; 'Bell' 
Tall 120. 1st Week, 'Sigh' Ditto 5th, 
Hfusic' 28G, 18th, 'Crying' 23G, 7th 



'RIVALS' (EDITH EVANS) 

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London, Oct. 2. 

"The Rivals," Sheridan classic 
starring Edith Evans, looks like a 
surefire grosser. It opened at the 
Criterion on Sept! 25, and was splen- 
didly received. 

"A Bell for Adano." now in its 
second week at the Phoenix, showed 
a surprising dip after a strong open- 
ing session. Second week was only 
$4,800. which gives the show barely 
Bn even break. 



Current London Shows 

London. Oct. 2. 
"Arsenic A Old Lace," Strand 
"Bell for Adano," Phoenix. : 
"Bis Boy," SaviUe. 
"Millie Spirit." Duchess. 
"Crying Out Loud." SlpJl, 
"Cure far Love," Westminster. 
"Duet For Two," Lyric. 
"First Gentleman." Savoy, 
"Cay Rosalinda," Palace. . 
"Happv v* Glorious," Palladium 
"Hasty Heart," Aldwych. • 
"Honeymoon," fork's. 
"Lady Edinburgh," Playhouse 
"Windermere's Fan," Haymarket. 
"Madame Louise." Garrick. 
VMerrie England," Princes. 
"Night and Music," Coliseum. 
''Night Venice," Cambridge 
"No Medals," Vaudeville.' 
"I'eek-A-Boo Parents," Whitehall 
"PercJ»a*ice to Dream," Hipp 
"Private Lives," Apollo. 
"See How They Run,' Comedy 
"Shop Sly Corner." St. Martins 
"Sigh No More," Piccadilly. 
"Sweeter Lower," Ambassadors. 
"Sweet yesterday." Adelphia. 
"The Rivals," Criterion. 
"While Sun Shines," Globe. 
"Years Between." Wyndharrrc 
"Wind of Heaven," St. James 
"Mrs. Rai l ing ton," Winter Gdn. 



.. London, Sept. 25. 

West End's legit theatres continue 
doing strong business, some even 
managing excellent trade despite re- 
viewers' pamiings. "Big Boy" and 
"Sigh No More," latest Noel Coward 
production, are in this category. "A 
Bell for Adano," latest to open, looks 
set for a fair run at the Phoenix. 
"Blithe Spirit" continues to be the 
endurance champ at the Duchess, 
in its fourth year, 

(Estimates at $4 to Pound) 

"Bell for Adano," Phoenix. Un- 
doubtedly set for a fair run. with 
most critics in favor. Big American 
contingent at opening voted it as 
good as N. Y. production. First week 
looks around $12,000, • 

"Arsenic and Old. Lace," Strand 
(3d yr). Still doing capacity, de- 
spite long run. Firth Shephard- has 
made fortune out of this. At $11,000 
weekly or near, looks good for sev- 
eral more months. 

"Blithe Spirit." Duchess (4th yrV. 
The daddy of them all. and still a 
moneymaker. Doing steady $3,600 
per. or near-capacity for this small 
house. 

"Duet for Two Hands." Lyric (13th 
wk >. Steady $9,200 makes, this thril- 
ler a hit.' Overhead is not top big. 
May play well into next year. 

"Crying Out Loud," Stoll (7th 
wk). Clicked from start, and an- 
other hit. Averaging over $23,000. 
good despite expensive overhead. 

"Gay Rosalinda." Palace (23d wk) 
Has been capacity since opening, and 
still big at $14,500 per week. 

"Happy and Glorious," Palladium 
(51st wk ). No letup despite length 
of run. Had expected to close, but 
biz so strong it's continuing till Feb- 
ruary. Steady $28,000, good going 
for this big theatre. 

"International Ballet," His Majes- 
ty's (6th wk). Type of show that 
has good following for short season. 
In lot; eight weeks. Could stay 
longer, but Jack Hylton wants house 
for his American musical, "Follow 
the Girls." Plenty good at $16,000. 

"Is Honeymoon Necessary?," Duke 
of York (2d yr). This inexpensive 
show has brought in plenty. Never 
below $6,400. which keeps it in black. 

"Lady From Edinburgh," Play- 
I house (23d wk). For house rarely 
staging hit. this is an exception. 
I While not a real topnotcher, it's 
steady at around $5,500 and money- 
maker. 

"Lady Windermere's Fan," Hay- 
market (5th wk). With producing 
stamp of John Gielgud. this Oscar 
Wilde revival has proved satisfying. 
Regular intake weekly is $9,600. 
close to capacity. 

"Madame Louise." Garrick (29th 
wk). Clicked from start, never go- 
ing below $8,500. plenty of profit. 
May run well into next year. 

"Me and My Girl," Victoria Palace 
(7th wk). Lupino Lane decided to 
revive this one. It's in the money, 
especially., since the King recently 

WfHWSr* flXni?. Sf.ee coin, as over- 
head is not great, 

"Merrie England." Princes (3d 
wk>. Jack Waller has" this Edward 
Knoblock adaptation, which is yield- 
ing him plenty of dividends at 
around $14,000. Good for several 
months 

"No Medals," Vaudeville (51st wk ). 
Small overhead helps this one to 
trim $7,200. okay. 

"Perchance to Dream," Hippo- 
drome <21st wk). Ivor Novello is 
still tops in the West End. and this 
proves it. Ha.s been packing "em, 
with $16,000 per nearly capacity. 

"Private Lives," Apollo (44th wk). 
Recently picked up despite length of 
run. and doing around. $7,200. fancy. 

"Sigh No More," Piccadilly (5th 
wk). Not universally praised by 
crix, but Noel Coward's latest is do- 
ing, capacity, and looks set for 
months. Looks si.re for all this ye-iV 
and well into next. Near-capacity 
$12,000 per week. 

"See How They Run." Comedy 
(35th wk). Has had quite an exten- 
sive run for this house. Averaging 
around $4,000, okay for • this .inex- 
pensive operation. 

"Sweet Yesterday." Adelphi (13th 
wk ». Fast start, after several weeks 
on tour, helped this. Doing near 
$14,000. profitable. 

"Sweeter and Lower." Ambassa- 
dors' (2d yr). Definite demand for 
this lytic of show, with steady take 
Averaging $6,000. good. 

"A Night in Venice." Cambridge 
(44th wlo. Has done only moder- 
ately well, despite management 
claims ol being a hit. Much of orig- 
inal cast is now out. Still doing 
taivty well near $9,600; 

■IBig Boy." Saville (2d wk>. Cr:x 
didn't like this one. But bi.it is ex- 
ceptionally good. Now around hefty 
SI 1.200. Advance said to be healthy. 

"Cure for Love," Westminster tilth 
wk ). With Robert Donat as the star, 
show is a click at $6,400. This is 
excellent Tor this out-of-wa.v spot. 
Can continue for some time, but un- 
derstood a new play is set to replace 
shortly. 

"The Hasty Heart," Aldwych (4th 



wk ). Off lo terrific start. Currently 
near $10,800. smash biz. 

"The First Gentleman." Savoy 
(14th wk). Has not suffered by be- 
ing transferred" from New to this 
house. Doing great $12,000 per week, 
or near, which is capacity. 
, "The Night and the Music," Coli- 
seum (18th wk). Has been regular 
coin-getter, being among top West 
End musicals, averaging around $28,- 
000. Mav run well into next year. 

"The Shop at Sly Corner." St. 
Martin's (23d wk). In the dough at 
about $5,600 oer week. Good for 
many more months, as cast is being 
modestly budgeted. i ' 

"The Wind of Heaven," St. James' 
(23d wk). Still Very big at $9,600, 
which means handsome profit. 

"The Years Between," Wyndham's 
(35th wk). Has done exceedingly 
well and looks set for many more 
months. At $7,000 it's in real coin. 

"While the Sun Shines," Globe (2d 
yr). This moneymaker for author 
Terence Rattigan and producer H. 
M. Tennent refuses to lay down. De- 
spite long run. it's averaging $8,000 
weeklv. fancv profit. 

"Ifoung Mrs. Barrington." Winter 
Garden <3d wk). Despite being in- 
unsuitable theatre for straight shows, 
$7,600 is fine profit. : 

RALPH FOSTER HEADS 
AUSSIE FILM BOARD 

Sydney. Oct. 2. 

Ralph Foster, now attached to the 
Canadian Trade Commissioner's of- 
fice, is the new head of the Aus- 
tralian government's newly con- 
stituted film board. Foster - was or.ee 
associated with John Grierson when 
latter was Canadian film Commish. 

Aussie government's plan to enter 
film production is not viewed here 
with any "satisfaction by the film 
industry. Leaders on the film board 
are mainly professors and economy 
experts but held to be inexperi- 
enced in film production. 

Latest report here is that the 
government later will move to ob- 
tain complete control of the Aussie 
film industry. 



United Newsreel, Set Up 
In '42, Folds on Dec. 15 

Dissolution of United Newsreel 
Corp, effective Dec. 15. was an- 
nounced yesterday (Tues.) by Mur- 
ray Silvcrstone. 20th-Fox Interna- 
tional prexy. who also heads the 
United Newsreel organization. The 
newsreel, set up in conjunction with 
the Office of War Information in 
1942. is being dissolved with the end 
of Uie war. 

Meeting ' " 
all the American distribs represent- 
ed in newsreel group to discuss the 
State Department's proposal for U.S. 
reels to continue in the path ot the 
organization that is being dissolved, 
and to act on the department's re- 
quest to continue the use of 16 uiilli- 
, meter prints of newsreels in over- 
seas non-theatrical programs. 

The corporation was operated on 
a non-profit basis. It made a com- 
posite weekly newsreel in 16 lan- 
guages. 



'Ecstasy' $1,500,000 

In 10 Years in America 

"Ecstasy." Czech - made flicker 
starring Hedy Lamarr in her naked 
youth, finished its second live-year 
rental period with an estimated 
boxoffice take of slightly less than 
$500,000. Film grossed over $1,000,000 
during its first live years of exhibi- 
tion in this country. 

Pic is sole distribution product ot 
Astra Films, which owns negative 
and 15 prints. Most of these see 
continuous action in grind- houses in 
U. S. and Canada, with Astra re- 
ceiving 2f>Cv of gross. 

A goodly portion of the take is 
credited to a publicity gimmick 
which caught on. Story had it that 
Miss Lamarr's cx-mate Fritz Mandl, 
spent a fortune buying up prints. 
Stor.y, is said to have been a p.a. 
stunt, ;. : -'V-'-:- 



S0CAS WITH U. S. FILMS 

Roberto D. Socis. who resigned 
from PRC as foreign sales manager, 
1 -.s joined the newly-formed United 
States Films as v.p. 

U. S.. outfit will distribute product 
of American independent producers 
abroad, in addition to handling 
Spanish pix, 



14 



Wednesday, October 3, 1913 





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JOHN PAYN 



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Original Screen Play by fa 
New Songs : Lyrics by Mad Ion 



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Wednesday, October 3, 1945 PftttlETY 15 



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PICTURE GROSSES 



W«Mlnrsday, October 3, 19 15 



Heat Socks L A. But 'Wonder' Wham 
iS^G, 2 Spots, 'Vines Strong 62G, 3; 
'JohnL'38G, 4, 'Rhapsody 41G, 3d in 3 



Los AngcleS, Oct. 2. 

Torrid weather and holdovers are 
keeping the overall total for film 
theatres, under par this week despite 
sock business being enjoyed by" 
••Wonder Man" at two theatres, the 
picture hit a new weekend record at 
Fantages, and looks headed for a 
smash $65,500 playing day-date at 
this house and the Hillstreet. 

"Our Vines Have Tender Grapes," 
which also bowed in to good if not 
smash biz, appears good for strong 
$1)2,000 in three spots, "Great John 
L." and "True Glory" is clocking 
above average $38,000 in four loca- 
tions. "Rhapsody in Blue" continues 
to lead the holdovers, with big $41,- 
000 in third session for three houses. 
Stays a fourth. "Lady on a Train" 
looks okay $29,000 in four spots, sec- 
ond week. "Duffy's Tavern" will be 
sturdy $25,500 in two' spots, third 
week. 

Estimates for This Week 
. .Beverly Hills Music Hall (Blumen- 
feld-G&S). (824; 55 - $1 ) — •'Guest 
Wife" <UA)"(4lh wk-6 days); $2,700.! 
Last week, nice $3.700.. . 

Carthay Circle (FWC) 
-Laciv on Train" 
"Swing Out Sister*' (U) <2d wk). 
Modest $3,700. Last week, fair $6,- 
300. .. .. 

Chinese (Grauman-WC) i2,048; 50- 
$1)— "Lady on Train" (U) and 
"Swing Out . ■Sister" <U) (2d wk). 
Low $0,000. Last week, $9,900. 

Downtai.n (WE) (1,800; 50-$l>— 
'•Rhapsody" (WB) (3d wk). Neat 
$16,000. Last week, steady $21,800. 

Downtown Music Hall ( Blumen- 
feM) (900; 55-$l. 20 >— "Guest Wife" 
tUA) (4th wk-6 days). Okay $9,000. 
Last week, $12,000. 

Egyptian (FWC) (1,538; 50-$l)— 
"Vines Have Tender Grapes" (M-G). 
Good S16.000. Last week, "Highness 
and Bellboy'' (M-G) (2d wk-10 
days), $9,300. 

Four Star (UA-WC) (900; 50-$l>— 
'■Great John L." (UA) and "True 
Glory" (Coli. Strong $6,500. Last 
week. "Bell Adano" (20th) and "Ten 
Cents Dance" (Co!) (2d wk-6 days), 
okay $3,400. 

Guild (FWC) (968: 50-$D— "Great 
John L." (UA) and "True Glory" 
(ColT. Above average $8,000. Last 
week. "Bewitched" (M-G). and 
'•Twice Blessed" (M-G), wcitk $4,200. 



Key City Grosses 



F.slim»ted 'total Gross 

This Week. . .... .', .V$*,839,4«0 

{Based -ton 21 Cities, 177 (lien- 

ti es, chiefly first ruiis, including 

N. V.) ; 

Total Gross Same Week /, 
Last Year.. . . . . $ »,837,2«0 

(Bused on 22 cities, 179 theatres)', 



"Wonder Man' 
Wowl9G,Prov. 



/Providence. Oct.. 2. 
Three holdovers highlight this 
week's . lineup. "Wonder Man" at 
RKO Albee, "Pride of the Marines" 
i at Majestic, and "You. Came Along" 

(1518 - 50- ' I ;it . Stojand, earned honors. State's 
' an( | ! "Guest Wife" is top new entry. 

Estimates for This Week 
Albee (RKO) (2.200; 44-60)— 
"Wonder Man" (RKO) and "Two 
O'Clock Courage" (RKO). Began 
second week today (Tues.h First 
week was wow $19,000. 

Carlton iFav-Loew) (1.400; 40-50) 
— "G. I. Joe" <UA) and "Crime Doc- 
tor's Courage"' (.M-G) (2d run). 
Good $4,000. Last week, "Junior 
Miss" (20th) and "Strange Illusion" 
(20th) (2d rim), $3,500, 
• Fay's (Fiiy) (1.400; 40-50)— "Easy 
to Look At" <U) and vaude on stage. 
Good $(1,000. Last week, "Gangs of 
Waterfront" (Rep), vaude, nice $7,- 
000. ' ., . 

Majestic (Fay) (2.200: 43-60)— 
"Pride of Marines" (WB) (2d wk). 
In for good $12,000 after nifty $17,000 
opening week. 

Metropolitan (Snider) (3,200; 44- 
85) — "Vampire's Ghost" (Mono) and 
Jacques Renard orch On stage for 
one-day Sunday stand. Good $2,500. 
Last v?eek: "Fatal Witness" (Rep) 
and Bob Chester orch. Jackie Glea- 
son. others, on stage. Snappy $7,500 
in three-day 'weekend stand. 

State (Loow) (3,200; 43-60)— 
•Guest Wife" (UA). Heading for 



'Over 21' Hefty $14,000 
Inlndpls.; 'Eddie 1HG 

Indianapolis, Oct. 2. 

Biz generally is lower here this 
week, with only "Over 21" at Loew's 
holding up to recent levels. Despite 
fact Capt. Eddie Riekenbacker is 
well known here as a Speedway exS 
ccutive, "Capt. Eddie" bpened slow- 
ly at the Indiana. 

Estimates for This Week 

Circle (Katz-Dolle) (2,800: 32-55) 
—••Counter-Attack'' (Col) and "Easy 
to Look At" (U). Thin $9,000. Last 
week, "You Came Along" (Par) and 
"Hitchhike to Happiness" (Rep), 
nice $12,000, ,. ■ ""..: : " 

Indiana tKatz-Dolle) (3,300: 32-55) 
—"Captain Eddie" i20lh) and "Tell 
It To Star", (Rep). Fair $11,500. 
Last Week, "Cristmas in Conn." 
i".'B) and "Blonde Ransom" (U), 
line $14,000. ; ' • 

Keith's (Indie) (1.200; 32 - 55) — 
"Springtime in Rockies" (,20th) and 
"Belle Star" (20th) (reissues). Tepid 
$4,500. Last week, "Star Spangled 
Rhythm" (Par) (reissue) and "Rock- 
in' in Rockies" (Col), about same. 

Loew's (Loew's) (2:450; 35-55) — 
"Over 21" (Col) and "Crime Doctor's 
Warning" (Col). Hefty $14,000. Last 
week, "Vines Have Tender Grapes" 
I M-G ), ditto. 

Lyric (Katz-Dolle) 1 1,600; 32-55) — 
"Christmas in Conn." (WB) and 
"Elonde Ransom" (U). Oke $5,500 
on moveover. Last week. "North- 
west Mounted Police" (Par) and 
"Gun for Hire" (Par) (reissues), 
strong $6,000; - ■ 



Hawaii (G&S) (956; 55-$l)— "Guest eisonn „,- „„. r a<!t ,„„„i. 

Wife" (UA) (4th wk-6 days). Nice | r. l W». *!. 8 . ( ?! 0 .. 01 n . oa i- . L<,h i wet * 
$4,000. Last week, $5,000. 

Hollywood (WB) (2.756; 50-S1)— 
WB) (3d wk). Good 



'Rhapsody 

$12,000. Last week, $15,300. 

Hollywood Music Hall (Biumcii- 
feld) (475; 55-85 )— "Guest Wife" 
(UA ) (4t.h wk-6 days). Steady $2,500. 
Last week. $3,400. 

Loew's State iLoow - s-WC> (2,404; 
50-$l )— ."Lady . on Train'' (U) and 
"Swing Out Sister" (U) (2d Wk). 
Modest $15,000. Last week, under 
hopes at $22,900. 

Los Angeles (D'town-WC) (2.097: 
5()-$l )— "Vines Have Tender Grapes" 
(M-G l. Good $33,000. Last week, 
"Highness and Bellboy" (M-G) (2cl 
wk-10 days), slow S22.700. 

^-■ r '— - llTliDVI) ) '2-200: 65-851— 

i in. in (I. sassa 

vaude. Trim $21,000. Last week, i 
"Come Out Fighting" (Mono) with | 
Spike Jones orch on stage, potent 
$28,000. 

I'antages (Pan) (2.8J2; 50-$D— I 
"Wonder Man" (RKO). Smash S33.- | 
500. Last week, "Uncle Harry" (U) 
and "On Stage" <U>, $15,200. 

Paramount ( F&M ) (3.389; 50-$D— 
"Duffy's Tavern" (Par) and "Tell to 
Star" (Rep) (3d wk). Ends with 
$16,500. Last week. $22,800. 

l'a ram « lint Hollywood (F&M) (1,- 
451 ; 50-$l )— "DLifly 's" ( Par ) 1 3d wk ). 
Nice $9,000. Last week, $13,500. 

KKO Hillstreet iRKO) (2,890; 50- 
80)— "Wonder Man" (RKO). Sock 
$32,000. Last week. 
<U> and '"On Stage" 
900. 

Bit? (FWC) (1.370: 
Have Tender Grapes 
$13,000.' -Last; week. 
Bellboy" (M-G) (2d 
light $7,600. 

United Artists (UA-WC) (2,11)0: 



G. I. Joe" (UA) and "Crime Doctor's 
Courage" (M-G), $19,000. 

Strand (Silverman) (2,200; 44-60) 
—"You Came Along" (Par) and "Tel! 
to Star" i Par) (2d wk opened Mon- 
day, 1 ). First scsh good S12.000. 



L'ville Still Slow, But 
lady' Trim 15G, 'Vines' 
13iG, 'Rhapsody' 9iG, 2d 



Louisville. Oct. 2. 
taken a slump here i 



Biz has taken a 
the past, two or three weeks., and 
grosses at all houses are still down 
currently. Best newcomer t< Deanua 



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'State Fair' Great 18G, 
Pitt; 'Anchors' Hot 32G, 
'Came Along' Only 15 JG 

Pittsburgh, Oct. 2. 
• Two filmusicals, "Anchors Aweigh" 
at Pcnn, and "State Fair" at IlanK 
are blazing through to terrific totals 
this session. Other new. entry is 
"You Came Along," at Stanley, 
Estimates for This Week 
Fulton (Shea) (1,700*40-65 )— 'Bell 
tor Adano" (20th) (3d wk). Latest 
h.o. session is limited to four days. 
Danny Kaye's "Wonder Man" (RKO) 
opening tomorrow (Wed.). Abbre- 
viated session 'won't do more than 
$3,000. Last .week, "Bell" was lusty 
$7,000. 

Harris (Harris) (2,200: 40-05)— 
"State Fair" (20(h). Got nearly X4.- 
000, great, on opening day, and 
should grab strong $18,000 or over. 
Last week, second oi "Over 21" 
( Col ). okay $9,500. 

Penh (Loew's-UA) (3.300; 40-65)— 
"Anchors Aweigh" (M'-G). Doing 
close to capacity, with smash $32,000 
likely. Last week. "Endearing Young 
Charms" (RKO). nice $20,000. 

Rite (WB) (800; 40-65)— "Christ- 
mas in Conn." (WB) lm..o.). Third 
week downtown run. Fine $4,300, at 
small-seater, and may stick. Last: 
week, 4th of "Pride of Marines" 
(WB), $2,700. 

Senator (Harris) (1.750: 40-05)— 
"Over 21" (Col) fm.oj. Here after 
two weeks at Harris, breezy $31700. 
| Last week, second of "True Glory" 
| (Cot) and third of "Great John L." 
I i UA ). .uood $3,300. 
I Stanley (WB) (3.800: 40-65 )— ••You 
! Came Along" (Par). Fairish gI5.5f)t), 
Last week, second of "Christmas in 
I Conn." (WB), line $19,500. 

Warner (WB) (2.000: 40-65)— 
j "Young Charms" (RKO) im.o.). 

$8.- 



Hub Up; Anchors Rousing $48,000 In 
2 Spots, love, Honor'-'Boy 20G, Ditto 



Broadway Grosses 



Estimated Total Gross 

This Week , , . . . . . . *«*l,000 

(Based on 15 theatres) •, 
Total Gross Same Week 

Last Year. '.. .$602,800 

(Based on 16 theatres) , 



"Uncle Harry" 
(U>, slow $15,- 

50-$ 1)— "Vines 
l" ( M-G ). Fine 
"Highness and 
wk-10 days), 



50-SD— "Great John L." (UA) and Mfis . mi 

r\ S *°nrf ^ (Standard) (2.400; 30-75) 

^ wico Blessed i M G ) slow $8 00 ~ Aryon Sc|ulld " ,PRCV ;lnd vlu,dc 
iWtec Bltssicl i M-G). slow $8,900. on staqc FaU . 4jih $a500 01 . over Last 

Uptown iFWGi (1.790: 50-$l )— week, "Apology for Murder" (PRC). 
Lady on. Train i U ) and "Swing Out Mills Bros., other on stage, swell 
Sister' (U) i2d wk). Only :,;4,300. $15,000 

Last week, slow. $6,800. - Rail,, (Fourth Avenue) (1.400- 40 

Voftue (FWC) (885: 50-85)— "Jungle i 60)— "Lady on Train" (U) and "Easy 
Captive' (U) and "Frozen Ghost" to. Look At" iU>.'. Looks to get first 
(U)(2d\vki. Oke $2.300.. Last week, .money, this week with rousing 
$5,300. | si 5.000. Last week. "You Came 



lirst call m town l 
Vines Have Tender Grapes" at 
Loew's State looks second money. 
Estimates gof This week 
Brown ( 4th Ave. -Loew's) 1 1.100: 
40-60 )--"You Came Along" (Par) 
and "Jealousy" (Par). On m.o. from 
Ttialto. neat $4,500. Last week. "Over 
21" (Col) and "True Glory" (Col), 
ditto. 

Kentucky (Switow) f 1 .200: 30-40) 
—"Thrill, of Romance" (M-G) and 
"See My Lawyer" (U). $1,800. Last 
WM.k. "Out of T-hrs World" (Par) and 
"Mul'der, He Says" (Par); $1,700. 

Loew's State (Loew's) (3.300: 40- 
60)— "Vine Have Tender Grapesi' 
(M-G) and "Hidden Eye" (M-G) off 
to slow start, so satisfactory $13,500 
looks all. Last week. "Twice 
Blessed" ' i M-G ) and "Bewitched" 
(M-G), $13,000. 

Mary Anderson (People's) (1.000; 
40-00)— "Rhapsody in Blue" (WB) 
(2d wk). Another big woek at 
$9,500. Last Week, $10,000, great < for 



'Bataan' Huge 15G, 
K. C, 'Over 21* 16G 

: v Kansas City, Oct. 2. 

Grosses at deluxers here are 
steady, despite changeable weather. 
After shattering all records on first 
week, "Slate Fair" is riding along 
smoothly day-date at the Esquire, 
Uptown and 'Fairway on second. 
"Back to Bataan," at Hie Orpheum, 
is' making best showing of hew en- 
tries.' ' 

.Estimates for This Week 

Esquire, Uptown and Fairway 
(Fox-Midwest) (820, 2,043 and 700; 
40-60)— "State Fair" (20th) (2d wk). 
Rousing $14,000 after smash $21,250 
lirst round, breaking house record. 

Midland (Loew's) (3,500; 45-65)— 
"Over 21" (Col) and "10c a Dance" 
(Col). Lusty $16,000. Last week. 
"G. I. Joe" (OA) and "Gentle An- 
nie" (M-G), good $15,500. 

Newman (Paramount) (1.900; 46- 
65 )— "Incendiary Blonde" (Par) (3d 
wk). Okay $8,000. Last week, brisk 
$10,500. 

Orpheum (RKO) (1.500; 46-65)— 
"Back to Bataan" (RKO) and 
"Mama Loves Papa" (RKO). Giant 
$15,000. Last woek, "Great John L." 
• UA) and "Booked on Suspicion" 
(Col), $11,000. 

Tower (Fox-.Ioffeo) (2,100; 39-60) 
—"Caribbean Mystery" i20th) and 
"Midnight . Manhunt" (Par) with 
vaude. Neat $10,000. Last week. 
"Divorce" (Mono) and "Cheaters" 
(Rep) with stage show, ditto. 

'RHAPSODY' WOW 18G, 
SEAnLE;'JR.MISS'15G 

Seattle, Oct. 2. 
It's a deluge of new tare this week. 
Willi "Junior Miss." "Over 2*" 
"Johnny Angel" and "Rhapsody i'n 
blue standout. 

Estimates for This Week " 
Blue Mouse (H-E) (800; 45-80)— 
"Out This World" (Par) Cid' wk) and 
"Tavxan Amazons" (RKO) (2d run) 
Good $5,500. Last week, "Escape in 
Desert" (WB) and fourth week- of 
"Incendiary Blonde" (Par), $5,100. 

Fifth Avenue (H-E) (2.349: 45-80) 
—"Junior Miss" i20t;i). Swell $15.- 
:)()(). Last week. "Anchors Aweigh" 
(M-G) (2d wk), great $21,000 in 11 
days. 

Liberty (J & yH) (1,650; 45-80)— 
"Over 21" (Col) and "Power of 
Whistler" (CoJ). Great $13,000. Last 
week, "John L." (UA), nice $8,300. 
Music Box (H-E) (850: 45-80)— 
iveigh" (M-.G) (3d wk). 



Boston Oct, 2 • 

Holdover . monopoly was broken 
(his week, but bi/. continues good 
Weather has been kind and postwar 
spenders still are speuding. •••An- 
chors Aweigh" is torrid at State and 
Orphetim. Unexpected holdover is 
"You Came Along," which picked 
up a bit at Metropolitan, 

Estimates for This Week 

Boston (RKO) (3,200 5()-$1.10>— 
"Born for Trouble" (WB) and "It All 
Came True" (WB) (reissues) with 
Bob Chester orch, Steve Evans, oth- 
ers, on stage. Excellent $30,000. Last 
week, "Bell for Adano" (20th I, with 
Lambcrti, Murtah Sisters, others (2d 
wk), great $28,000. 

Fenway (M-P) (1,375 40-74)— 
"Love, Honor, Goodbye" (Rep) and 
"Boj'; Girl, Dog" (Rep). So-so $7.0(10 
or near. Last week, "Mounted Po- 
lice" (Par) and "Gun for Hire" 
(Par) (reissues), fine $12,000. 

Metropolitan (M-P) (4,367 40-74) 
—"You. Came Along" (Par) >.nd 
"Follow That Woman" (Par). Okay 
$18,000 in second week. Last week. 
$25,000. 

Mr m i (RKO) (2.900; 40-74)— 
"Wonder Man" (RKO) and "China's 
Little Devils" (Mono) (3d wk). Trim 
$23,000. Last week, big $30,000. 

Orpheum (Lotivv) (2.900; 39-75)—' 
"Anchors Aweigh" iM-G). Wow 
f 29,000. LSst week, "Thrill Romance" 
(M-G), $25,000. 

Paramount (M-P) (1,700; 40-74 )— 
"Love, Honor" (Rep) and "Hoy, Girl. 
Dog" (Rep). Modest $13.000.. Last 
week, "Mounted Police" i Par) and. 
"Gun for Hire" (Par) (reissues), 
fancy $18,000. 

State (Loew) (3,200;. 35-75)— "An- 
chors Aweigh" (M-G). Sizzling-Sl!l.- 
000. Last week, "Thrill Romance" 
(M-G). $14,000. 

Translux (Translux) (900; 20-74)— 
"Fatal Witness" (Rgft) and "Walked 
with Zombie" (RKO). G iod $5,000. 
Last week, "Apology 1 for Murder" 
(PRC) and "Quiet, Please, Murder" 
(20th), $5,501). 




Wikhire (FWC) 1 2.290: 50-SD— 
"Great, John L." ( UA ) and "True 
Glory" (Col). Fast, $8 500. Last 
week. "Bewitched" IM-G) ' and 
"Twice Blessed ' i M-G ). 5.400. 

Wiltern ( WB) (2.300: 50-$l )— 
"Rhapsody" (WB): (3d wk). Groat 
$13,000. Last week. S15.4O0. 



money 
$15,000. 

Akiii-a" (Par) and "Jealousy" iPar), 
$14,000 and m.o. 

Strand (Fourth Avenue) '1.400: 
40-60)— -On Stage. Everybody" iU) 
and "Caribbean Mystery" (20lh). 
Fair $4,000. or close. Last week. 
"Counter- Attack" i Col) and "Hitch- 
hike Happiness" (Rep), about' same. 



'Joe' Sock 25G, St. Loo; 
'Rhapsody' Solid 18G 

St. Louis, Oct'. 2. 

Biz is on the upturn after a week 
of almost continuous rain. "G.I. 
Joe," at Loew's, is standout with sock 
session. . "Rhcpsody in Blue" also is 
strong at the. larger Ambassador; 
Estimates for This Week 

Loew's (Loew) (3,172: 30-00)— 
"G.I. Joe" (UA). Sock $25/000. .Last 
week, "Anchors Aweigh" (M-G) (3d 
wk), fancy $14,000. ' 

Orpheum (Loew) (2.000: 30-60)— 
"Anchors Aweigh" i M-G ). Trim 
$7,500. Last week, "Coiintcr-Atfack" 
(Col) and "Adventures Rusty" (Col), 
$7,000. . 

Ambassador iP&M). (3,500; 50-60) 
—"Rhapsody in Blue" iWB). Solid 
$18,000. Last week. "Lady on Train" 
(U) and "Swingin* "on a Rainbow" 
(Rep), $17,500. 

Fox (F&M) (5.000: 50-60)— "Why 
Girls Leave Home" (PRC.) and 
"Jealousy" (Rep). Cood $15,000. 
Last. week. ".Vaiighty Ninclics"- <U) 
and "Caribbean Mystery" (20th), fine 
$17,300. 

Missouri ( F&M ) " 1 3.500; 50-60 )— 
"Naughty Nineties" iU) and "Capt. 
Eddie" (20lh). Nice SI 4.000. Last 
week. "Christmas in Conn." iWBi 
and "Came Along" i Par). $14,200; 

St. Louis i F&M) 1 4.030: 40-50) • 
"Baby Face Morgan" (PRC) and 
"Hold That Woman" (PRC). Oke 
$7,000. Last. week. "Along Came 
Jones" i RKO) and "Bell for Adano" 
(20th), ditto. 



in . 

.' 3.900 in 4 days. 

Music Hall (H-E) (2,200; 45-..0)— 
"Johnny Augel" ( RKO) au'd "Uarlio 
Stars on Parade" (RKO). Great. $12- 
500. Last week, "Mounted Police" 
(Par) and "Sing S'mYers" (Par) (re- 
issues) (2d wk), fairish $5,200 in 6 
days.- - "."•.. 

Orpheum (H-E) (2.600: 45-80)— 
"Rhansody in Blue" (WB) Wow 
SI 8.000. Last week, '-Uncle Harry" 
(U) and "On Siage, Everybody" (U) 
big $12,000. . '." ' 

Palomar (Sterling) (1.350; 25-50) 
—•White PotU'o" (PRC) and "Be- 
hind City Lights" (Rep). Nice $7 - 
000 or. near. Last week, "Why Girls 
Home" (PRC) and "Silver 
Fleet" (PRC), good $6,400. 

I'aramoiint (H-E) (3.039- 45-80)— 
"G, I. Joe" (UA). Big $14,000 in 9 
dajs. Last week. "Out This World" 
(Par) (2d wk). oke $8,800. 

Roosevelt (Sterling) 1 800: 45-80)— 
"Uncle Harry" <U) (m.o.). From 
Grphcum. Bright "80.000 and unusu- 
ally big here. L-tst week. "Pride of 
Marines ' (WB) (2d wk). after onener 
did 11-day week at Orohcum. !'5.000 
Whiter Garden (Sterling) i860: 25- 
aO)— "The Clock" i M-G) and ."Pillow 
to Post' (WP.) (3d run), Fair KOOO 
Last week. "Where Go Fran -fit r-j? 
'20,1-1) and "Forever Yours". (Mono) 
S4.300 for third run. .'•".. "•. 

Pam Blumenthal's Indie 

A. Prtm • Blumen thai, who h .s 
made : some film shorts for Warner 
Bros, release, is en route to the 
Coast. 

He's, going out there reportedly 
on a' possible indie film production 
sttup. 



Heat Bops Frisco But 
'Angel'-Armstrong Huge 
39G, 'Bedside' Hot 1 7 ?G 

San. Francisco, Oct. 2. 

A six-day heat wave is putting a 
crimp in most downtown biz. Ex- 
ception is RKO's Golden Gale, where 
"Johnny Angel" and Louis Arm- 
strong band look sock. 

Estimates for This Week 

Fox (FWC) (4,651; 55-851— "Love 
Letters" (Par) (2d wk).:, Way oil to 
$17,000 or close. Last week, except 
tionally fat $37,000. 

I'aramoiint (FWC) (2,646: 55-85)— 
"Tender Grapes" (M-G). Ot;ayS23.- 
000 but below expectations. Last 
week. "Mounted Police" (Par) 're- 
issue), pleasing $24,000. 

Warfleld (FWC) (2.656: 55-85) — 
"Rhapsody in Blue" ) WB) (2d wk'. 
Good $27,000. Last week, sock- $36.- 
000. 

St. Francis (FWC) > 1.400; 55-851— 
"Mounted Police" (Par) (reissue) 
(m.o.). Nice $9,500 in 6 days. - Last 
week, "You .Came Along" (Pitr), 
$ll,C0O. 

State (FWC) (2,133; 55-85)— " Won- 
der Man" (RKO) (7tb wk). Fine 
$10,000. Last week. $13,000. 

Golden Gate (RKO) (2,448: 60-95) 
—••Johnny Angel" (RKO) and Louis 
Armstrong orch on stage. Terrific 
t week. "First Yank in 
. :>rl 



WK), SOT .. 

United Artists (Blumen fold) H. 
207: 40-85)— "Bedside Manner" (UA>. 
Torrid $17,500. Last week. "G. I. 
Joe" (UA) (7th wk). big $7,700 in 5 
days. 

Orpheum (Blumenfcld) (2.448: 40- 
85)— "Over 21" (Coll. Excellent $23.- 
500. Last week. "Lady On a Tram" 
(U) (2d wk), fancy $14,000. 



VAUDE UPS 'BELLBOY' 
STURDY 32G IN WASH. 

Washington, Get., 2. 

"Iter Highness and the.' Bellboy 
will lead the down-town parade llus 
week at the Capitol, 

Estimates for This Week 

Capitol (Loew) (3.434; 44-72)— 
•Highness and Bellboy" (M-G ) with 
vaude. Sturdy $32,000. Last week, 
"You Came Along" '(Par). $30,000. 

Columbia "(.lew) ( 1.234: 44.-72 >— 
"Bell for Adano" (20th). Stout ««.- 
000.- Last week, "Thrill of 'Romance 
i M-G), $9,000, 

Karlc (WB) (2.240; 60-90 )— "Rhap- 
sody in Blue) (WB), Headed for a 
nice $27,000. Last week, "Thrill, of 
Romance" (Col), $15,300. 

Keith's (RKO). ( 1.800: 44-721—' 
"Wonder Man" (RKO) (3d wk).. 
Fancy $12,500. Second week waS 
•:l 5,800. - :- 5 ■ 

Metropolitan (WB) ( 1,800; 44-72 ; 
—"Pride of Marines" iWBl nn.o.1. 
Fast S7.500 after two weeks at Eai le. 
Last week, "True Glory" (Coli. S«,- 
100. 

Palace (Loew) (2,778: 44-721— 
"Anchors Awaigh" (M-G) '3d wk ). 
■Strong S16.000 alter iast Weeks, 
fancy $19,500. 



Wednesday, October 3, 1915 



UAfOETT 



PICTURE GROSSES 



17 



H.0.s Clutter Up Chi; 'Heaven'-'Life' 
Fat 25G, In H wood' 1 5G, Angel' 25G, 2d 



Chicago, Oct. 2. -♦ 
Some spots. suffered because of the 
i-aitiy weather' last week which iiit 
several openings this week but sud- 
den cold spell will help. "Abbott and i 
Costello in Hollywood" coupled with i 
"Hidden Eye" at Garriek looks -like I 
snappv $15,000. "East Side of 
He.'iveit" and •'Imitation of Lite." two I 
riassitcsi at Palace should add up to 
fine $25,000; ,.' :.'; 

"Love Letters" continues.strong at | 
lliu Slate-Lake, with $35,000 in sight j 
for second stanza. Of the combo 
houses Oriental with second week of 
"Slorv of G, I. Joe" plus Fraukie 
Masters band and Bill Robinson on 
stiige is headed for strong $48,000. 
Holdover of "Over 21" at Chicago 
with .vaudc should garner -stout 
$45,000. 

Estimates lor This Week 
Anollo (B&K) (1.200; 55-951— "1.001 
NHUs" (Col.) (2d wk). Neat $11,000. 
Last week, $14,000. 

Chicasn (B&K) (3,900; 55-95)— 
."Over 21" (Cot) and .stage show 
headed by Hcnny Youngman I2d 
wk>. Stout $45,000. Last week, brisk 
$51,000. 

C.arrick (B&K) (900: 55-95)— "In 
HutlvWoOd" (M-G) and "Hidden 
Eves" i M-GK Snappy $15,000. Last 
week. "Bewitched" (M-G) and "True 
Glorv" (Col) (2d wk). Fair $7,001). 

Grand I RKO I (1,150; 55-95 )—; 
"Mounted Police" (Par), (reissue) 
<2d wk ) and "Back to .Bataan" 
(RKO) (3d wk in Loop). Snug $10.- I 
001). Last Meek. "Mounted Police"! 
(Par) and "Gun for Hire" (Par) (iv- 
isssues >,'■ rousing $11,000. . 
.Oriental (Iroquois) (3,240; 55-95)— 
"G. 1. Joe" (UA) and Biil Robinson ! 
and Frankie Masters orcli on stage ] 
(2d .Wk). Strong $48,000, Last week, I 
smash $56,000. 

Palace (RKO ) (2:500: 55-95 )— "East | 
Side Heaven" (U) and "Imitation of 
Lite' (U> (reissues). Fine $25,000. 
Last wee!;. "Back Batann" (BKO) 
and "Blonde Ransom" (U) (2d wk). 
5 days, and • Heaven" (U) and "Lite" 
(Ul (reissues). 2 days, sharp $21,000. 

Roosevelt (B&K) (1,500; 55-95)— 
"Christmas in Conn." (WB) (5th 
wk). Looks good $17,000. Last week. 
"Christmas in Conn." (WB) (4th 
wk). smart $20,000. 

Slate Lake (B&K) (2,700: 55-95)— 
"Love Letters" iPav) (2d wk). Great 
$35,000, Last week, sock $41,000. 
United Artists (B&K) (1.700: 55- 
95 )— "Anchors Awcigh" (M-G) (3d 
wk). Tidy $22,000. Last week, sweet 
$2«.000. 

Wood* (Essaness) (1.200; 55-95)— 
"Johnny Anecl" (RKO) (2d wk). 
Brilliant $25,000. Last week. "Won- 
der Mailt' (RKO) (14th wk). 3 days, 
and "Johnny Angel" (RKO). 4 days, 
nigged. $22,000. 



'RHAPSODY' BIG 20G IN 
BALTO.; 'LADY' WOW 17G 

Baltimore, Oct. 2. 
Sudden switch to more seasonal 
temperatures is helping biz this 
week. 

Estimates for This Week 
Century (Loow-UA) (3,000: 20-60) 

"Vines Uavc Tender Grapes" (M-G). 

Okay $10,000. Last week, "Guest 

Wile" (UA). $10,400. 
Hippodrome (Rappaport) < 2.240: 

25-74)— "Over 21" (RKO) (2d wk ) 

plus vaude, Holding well at $14,000 

after very steady getaway to $17,200. 
Keith's (Schanbcrger) (2,460; 20- 

■60)— "Lady on Train" fT T- » Robust 

consistent $13,200. 
..Mayfalr (Hicks) (980; 25-55)— 
"Crime. Inc." (PRC). Drawing a 
good $4,000. Last week, "Bedside 
Manner" (UA), ditto. 
. New (Mechanic) (1.G80; 20-60)— 
"State Fair" (20th) (2d wk). Hold- 
ing mightily at 8,000 after very solid 
debut 16 $11,500. -.'...'■. 

Stanley. (WB) (3,280: 25-65 )— 

Rhapsody in Blue" (WB). Extra- 
m $20,000. Last week, second of 

Pride of Marines" (WB), held well 
at $15,900. 

Valencia (Loow's-UA) (1.840: 20-1 
601— "Guesl Wife" (UA) (m.O.).l 
Fairish action at $4,000. Last week, t 

Anchors Awcigh" (M-G ) (m.o.) 
brisk $6,000. • 



000 after smash $9,000 on top of huge 
$20,500 Radio City initial canto. " " 

Gopher (P-S) (1,000; 40)— "That's 
Spirit" (U). Fairly slow $2,500. Last 
week. "Twice Blessed" (M-G), $2,700. 

Lyric (P-S) (1,100; 44-6(r)— "Cap,- 
tain Eddie" (20th) (m.o.). Here after 
initial week at State. Modest $4,000 
or close. Last week. "Naughty Nine- 
ties" (U) (2d wk). $3,500. 

XMphrnm (P-S) 12.800; 44-60) — 
"lODl Nights" (Col) (2d wk ). Re- 
maining for (i more days until Jimmy 
Dorsc.v band opens on Thursday (.4 >. 
instead of customary Friday. Fairish 
$6,000 alter line $11,000 first week. 

Radio City (P-S) (4.000; 44-60)— 
"Duffy's Tavern" (Par). Socko $23.- 
000 in prospect. Last week, "Stale 
Pair" (20th). great $19,000. 

State (P-S.) (2.300; 44-60)— "State 
Fair" (20(h) (m.o.). Still rolling at 
big $10,000. Last: week, "Captain' Ed- 
die" (20th I. $8,000. . 

Uptown (Par) (1.100; 40-50)— "You 
Came Along" (Par); First nabc 
showing. Good $4,000. Last week. 
"Bell tor Adano" (20th). $3,800. 

World (Far-Sloftes) (350: 44-80)— 
"Dorian Gray" (M-G). Big $4,000. 
Last week. "Wonder Man" ( RKO I 
(5th wk I. strong $2,500. 

'Blood' Bangup 
246, Best Det. Bet 

— ' Detroit. Oct. 2. 
"Blood on the Sun" at the Palms- 
State is the best entry this week 
willi a sock session expected. 
Michigan's "Johnny Angel" looks 
likely to land a strong total, 
Estimates for This Week 
Fox (fox-Michigan) (5,000; 60-85) 
— "Slate Fair" (20th > and "River 
Gang" (U). with. Dr. I. O. on stage 
one night (2d' wk). Trim $28,000 
alter sock first week at $39,000. 

United Artists (United Detroit) 
(3.000: 60-85) —"Anchors Awcigh" 
! <M-Gi and "Swing Shift Cinderella'' 
(M-G) (4th wk"); Oke $11,000. La.>t 
week, nice $17,000. 

Broadway-Capitol (United Detroit ) 
12.800; 60-85)— "You Came Along" 
(Pari and "Coine Out Fighting" 
(Mono). From the Michigan for 
lair $14,000. Last week. "Incendiary 
Blonde" (Par) and "Midnight Man- 
hunt" (Pan. good $14,500 after two 
weeks at Michigan. 

Madison (United Detroit) (1.800: 
60-851— "It's a Pleasure" (RKO) and 
"This Man's Navy" (Mono). Mild 
<15,.U)0. Last week, "Between Two 
Women" (M-G) and "Objective 
Burma" (WB). $5,200. 

Michigan (United Detroit) (4.000: 
60-85)— "Johnny Angel" (RKO') and 
• Radio Stars on Parade" (RKO). Fine 
$27.00;>. Last week. "You Came 
Along" (Par) and "Come Out Fight- 
ing" (Mono). $22,000. 

Palms-State (United Detroit) (3.- 
000: 60-85 )— "Blood On Sun" (UA) 
and "Phantom 42d ,$t." (Moilo)! 
r \ eat $24,000. Last week. "Christ- 
inas in Conn." (WB) and "South Rio 
Grande" (Mono) (2d wk), modest 
$'13-000. 

Downtown (Balaban) (2.800: 60-90) 
—"Why Girls Leave Home" (PRC) 
plus Miss America of 1945. "Miss De- 
troit" and Johnny "Scat" Davis ovch 
on stage. Good $24,000. Last week. 

i-'i^^EcpU Martha 

solid $2 

Adams (Balabai.) (1,700; 60-85 1 — 
"Wonder Man" (RKO) and "Sgl. 
Mike" (Col) (3d wk). Neat $15,000 
alter strong second week $19,500. 



'Guest Wife' Lusty 12G, 
Omaha; 'Bell' Loud 9'/ 2 G 

Omaha, Oct. 2. 

"Guesl Wife" is standout for town 
currently. Bad weather is slowing 
up some bills. -; 

Estimates for This Week 

Orpheum (Tristates) (3,000: 16-60) 
—"Guest Wife" (UA) and "Within 
These Walls" (20th), Strong $12,000 
or close. Last week, "That's the 
Spirit" (U) .with John Calvert stage 
show, only $13,200 at 70c top. 
I Paramount (Tristates) (3.000: 16- 
60)— "Bell tor Adano" (20th). Brisk 
| at $9,500. Last week.' "Anchors 
Awcigh" (M-G). smash $12,200. 

Brandeis (RKO) (1,500: 10-60)— 
"Wonder Man" (RKO) and "Shang- 
hai Cobra" (Mono). Trim- $8,200. 
Lsst week. "Christmas in Conn." 
(WB) and "West of Pecos" (RKO) 
(2d wk). tine $6,800. 

Omaha (Tri.sfates) (2.000: 16-60)— 
"Anchors Awcigh" (M-G) (m.o.). 
Solid $8,500. Last week, "You Came 
Along" (Par) (m.o.) and "Hollywood 
Vine" (PRC). $8,200. 

State (Goldberg) (865: 15-50)— 
"Thrill of Romance" (M-G ) (3d run). 
Big $3,200. Last week. "Blood Sun" 
(UA) (2d run) and "Stepping in So- 
ciety" (Rep). $2,000. r ' - -. 



'Rhapsody' Torrid 15G 
In Cincy; 'Vines' Ditto, 
'Trouble'-'True' Big 12G 

* Cincinnati. Oct. 2/ 
"Rhapsody in Blub" at the Capitol 
is doing as strongly as "Vines Have 
Tender Grapes" at the larger Albee. 
Grand is having a sock session . with 
"Born for Trouble" and "It All Came 
True." 

estimates for This Week 
Albee. (RKO) (3,100: 44-70)— 
"Vines Tender Grapes" (M-G i. 
Sweet $15,000. Last week, "Slate 
Fair" <20th). tcrril: $24,000. 
, Capitol ■ (RKO ) (2,000; 44-70)— 
"Rhapsody in Blue" (WB). Hotsy 
$15,000. Holds. Last week. "Anchors 
Awcigh" (M-G) (4th wk), bofY $7,- 
500. 

Grand (RKO) ( 1.430: 44-70)— "Born 
lor Trouble" (WB) and "It All Came 
True" (WB) (reissues). Sock SI 2.000. 
Last week. "Johnny Angel" (RKO) 
(2d t'ltn), lusty $8,500. 

Kaith's (United) (1,500: 44-70)— 
"Anchors Aweigh" (M-G ). Moveover 
fair tilth downtown week. Solid $5.- 
500. Last week.. "Christmas in 
Conn." (WB). third front line sesh. 
excellent $5,500. 

Lyric (RKO) (1.400: 41-70)— 
"Johnny Angel" (RKO). Third 
round on main stem. Pleasing S4.- 
000. Last week. "Incendiary Blonde" 
(20th). third week downtown, oke 
$4,500. 

Palace (RKO) (2,600: 44-70)— 
"Shady Lady" (U). Modest $8,500. 
Last week, "Uncle Harry" (U), $11,- 
000. . • ' 

Shubert (RKO) (2.100: 44-70)— 
"State Fair" (20th) (m.o.). Big $8.- 
500. Last week. "You Came Along" 
(Par) (2d run). $3,000. 



B'way Up; /92d St/Copa Big 114G, 
'Highness'-Krupa Bouncy 88G, Tierce 
Plus Morgan-Stooges Wham at 70G 



Tavern' Rousing 23G 
In Mpls.; H.0.'s Strong 

Minneapolis, --Oct.. 2, 
With holdovers still hogging the 
Wilis hi; it's easy going for "Duffy's 
Tavern" at Radio City, with sock ses- 
sion .in sight. Holdovers are "Over 
21, in third week, and "State Fair." 
, A Thousand and One Nights" and 
(-apt. Eddie" in their second stan- 
zas. 

Estimates for This Week 

Aster (Par-Singer) (900: 15-25.)— 
Caribbean Mystery" (20th) and 
Swingin' on a Rainbow" (Rep). Hit- 
ting good $2,000 in 5 days. Last week. 
A Guv. a Gal" (Col) and "Shanghai 
Cobra" *M(mo) solit with "Pardon 
Us (FC) end "Three in Saddle" 
'PRC), satisfactory $2,200 in 1! riavs. 

■Century (P-S) (L600; 44-60 )■■- I 
'Over 21" (Col ) ' (3d wk i. Fair S5.- ' 



Buffalo in Doldrums; 
'Jr. Miss' Only $14,000 

Buffalo. Oct. 2. 

Biii is droopy currently, with prod- 
uct and holdovers,, blamed .-partly. 
"Junior ' Miss" is topper but only 
passable at the Buffalo. 

Estimates for This Week 

Buffalo (Shea) 13,500; 40-70).— 
"Junior Mis«" (20th) and "The Wav 
Ahead" (20th i. Passable $14,000. 
Last week. "You Came Along" (Pari 
and "Apology for Murder" (PRO. 
snug $20,000, .. 

Great Lakes (Shea) (3.000: 40-70) 
—"Anchors Awcigh" (M-G ) (3d wk). 
Fair enough $12,000 after last week's 
nice $17,000. 

Minn (Shea) (2,100; 40-70)— "You 
Came Along" (Par) and "Apology 
for Murder" (PRC) (m.o;). Sturdy 
$10,000. Last week. "Hidden Eye" 
(M-G i and "Behind 'City Lights" 
(Rep), offish $8,000. 

Lafavetle (Basil) (3,300; 40-70) — 
"On Stage Everybody" Cut and 
"Woman in Green" (U). Tame $!>.- 
000; Last week. "Fro7.cn Ghost" (Ui 
and. "Jungle Captive" (U), tepid 
$3,500. 

tm Century (20th , Cent.) (3.0(10: 
40-791— "Scandals" (BKO). and "Fal- 
con in San Francisco" (RKO). Goad 
cnotieh S10.000 or over. Last week. 
"Johnny Angel" (RKO) (2d wk) and 
"Mama Loves Papa" (RKO), oke 
$9,500. 



FAIR' GIANT $28,000 
IN 3 DENVER HOUSES 

Denver. Oct. 2. 
'■State Fair." (fay-dating, sit three 
spots, is easy winner this stanza. 
Film is keeping the Denver filled 
with smash week in prospect, and 
9i ,. f ,he ,.„pt(if,r., ,..(vvn ..,.*!"o..ts 
"George While's Scandals" also is 
big. 

Estimates for This Week 
Aladdin (Fox) (1.400; 35-74)— 
"Pride ol Marines" (WB) and "Tell 
It 'to Stat'^-tttep^ n I t in- Wttah it 



Elevator strike in N. Y. office 
buildings, which extended from 
Monday morning (24) to Saturday 
noon (29 1. boosted .business for the 
film theatres an estimated 10',. above 
normal. Also' the weekend was ter- 
rific. In addition, it is believed sdme 
benefit has been derived from the 
strike of high-school students. 

. Three new shows. of major import 
tance reached the street during the 
past week. Among these is the 
Rosy bill of "House on 92d .Street," 
with special edition of Copacabana 
Revue, Rosario arid. Antonio, and 
Carl Ravazza. last-mentioned held 
over from two prior shows. Initial 
week ended last night at. a sensa- 
tional $114,000. At the' Capitol, a 
sock $88.000. is Sighted for "Her High- 
ness and the Bellboy." plus, on stage, 
Gene Krupa band. Senor Wences and 
Wesson Bros. Very strong is the 
new layout at the Strand, which is 
playing "Mildred. Pierce" and the 
Russ Morgan band plus Three 
Stooges. Near to $70,000 is in pros- I 
pect. Incidentally. Morgan missed j 
the opening day due to inability to 
«et inlo N. Y, in lime. A Russian 
(war documentary. "Fall of Berlin," 
rounds out its first week at the Little 
Victoria tonight (Wed.) with a prob-- 
able $23,000, big. All of above hold 
oyer. • 

Gotham, which isn't doing well | 
with "Wanderer of Wasteland." in- 
dications pointing to only $6,000. on 
Saturday 16) opens "G. I. Joe" on a 
roadshow basis. Giving three shows 1 
daily, all seats reserved, scale will 
range from $1.50 to $2.40. Same pic- 
ture, which will day-and-date at the 
Globe on a consecutive basis at 70c 
to $1.50. has a special preem Friday 
night (5) for the benefit of the N! Y. 
National War Fund at the Globe. 

The Shubert-owned Winter Gar- 
den, returning to films under a lease 
to United Artists, opens "Blithe 
Spirit" on special preem tonight 
(Wed.). 

Estimates for Mils Week 

Ambassador (Siritzky) (1,250: 65- 
$1.2()i— "Men in Her Diary" (U) (2d 
wk). Holdover is weak at-only $67^ 
000. while first week was. disappoint- 
ing at less than $10,003. "Fighting 
Guardsman" (Col) opens Friday (5>. 

Astor (City Inv.) (1.300; 70-$1.40) 
—"Wonder Man" (RKO) (17th wk). 
Still good at probable S27.000. Last 
week was $28,000. Holds. 

Capitol (Loew's) (4,820: 60--$1.10) 
—"Her Highness and Bellboy" <M- 
G». Gene Krupa orch. Senor Wences 
and Wesson Bros. Off, to a royal 
start, initial week looking big $88.- 
000. holding. Final (10th) frame tor 
"Anchors Awcigh" (M-G). Paul 
Whilcinan orch. Johnnie Johnston 
and Lionel Kaye, was excellent 
$69,300. 

Criterion (Loew's) (1,700; 60-$1.25) 
—"Lady on Train" (U) (3d wki. 
Holding up satisfactorily, currently 
looking $28,000. while last week went 
to a . stout $30,000. Remains on. 

Globe (Brandt) (1.416: 70-$1.50i — 
• G. I. Joe" (UA> h'Ji a special benc- 
01 preem here Friday night (5). with 
consecutive run following. Picture 
will be at the Gotham day-and-date. 
»\\0jt" - e advanced prices and road- 
show policy will prevail. 

Gotham (Brandt) (900: 60-$1.20) 
—"Wanderer of Wasteland" (RKO). 
Not doing well at only $6,000. On 
Saturday (6) "G. I. Joe" (UA) opens 
:i roadshow run here , three shows 
„ .. . . „ mmit^ 



initial seven days through last night 
(Tues.) going to a sensational $114,- 
000. Concluding six days on fourth 
week of "State Fair" (20th »: Connee 
Bos well. Gene Sheldon and Ravazza. 
was stout $73,000. 

State (Loew's) (3,450: 43-1.10)-^ 
"You Came Along" (Par) (2d run) 
and Jimmie Lunceford orch, plus 
Four Step Bros.: Gates, are whirling 
here .'lor 'a probable nice $29,000. List 
week, "Out This World"' (Par) (2d 
run ). Bess Myerson (Miss America 
o£ 1945) and other beauty contest 
winners, plus Jerry Cooper, was big 
$33,000.: : 

Strand (WB) (2,756: 75-$1.20>— 
"Mildred . Pierce" (WB ) and Russ 
Morgan orch, plus Three Stooges. 
Off to a flying start, with close to 
$70,000 sighted, socko, and holds-. 
Final (5th) round for "Pride of Ma- 
rines": (WB) and Charlie Barnet 
orch slipped a little in the stretch 
but plenty okay at $44,000. . .. 

Victoria (Mauler) (720: 70-$1.20)— 
'Fall at Berlin" (Altkino). Riiss- 
made factual war picture is doin;{ 
extremely well here, with opening 
week looking a strong $23.000 *and 
holds. Final six days on third week 
of "True Glory" (Col) was fair 
enough $11,000. 

Winter Garden (UA) (1.500: 60- 
$1.50)— "Blithe Spirit" (UA). .Brit- 
ish-made version of Noel Co\vard 
stage play reopens this house as 
film stand on special preem tonight 
(Wed.), with regular run beginning 
tomorrow (Thurs.) at scales ranging 
from 60c to $1.50 throughout week. 



000. Last week. "Lady on Train" (U > 
and "Forever Yours" (Mono) (iri.o.), 
big $8,000. 

nenham (Cockrill) (1.750: 35-74)— 
"Incendiary Blonde"' (Par) (4th wk > 
and "Unseen" (Par). Fine $11,500. 
I Last week. "Blonde," solo, nice $10.- 
: 501). ■ •' : 

! Denver (Fox ) (2.525: 35-74 )— "State 
'Fail" (201 h) and "Shanghai Cobra" 
j (Mono), clay-date with Esquire. Web- 
I i>?r. Smash $20,000. L:'st week. 
"Pride of Marines" (WB) and "Tell 
It to Star" (Rep), also Esquire. Web- 
ber, big $19,000. 

Ksqiiire (Fox) (742: 35-74 )— "Stale 
Fair" (20th) and "Shanghai Cobra" 
(Mono), also Denver. Webber. Nice 
S4.000. Last week. "Pride of Ma- 
rines" (WB) and. "Tell It to Star" 
i Ren), also Denver, Webber. $3,500. 

Oinheiim (RKO) 12.600: 35-74)— 
■■Getfrgc White Scandals" (RKO) and 
'.'West of the Pecos" (RKO). Biv 
.$16,000. Last week. "Dorian Gi'.-iy" 
(M-G) and "Twice Blessed" (M-G). 
same.' ■:• ', . 

I'aramoiint (Fox) (2.200) 3o-74)— 
"Men iii Di;iry" (U) and' "Jungle 
Caplivc" (U.l. Trim $10.000.. Last 
week, "Divorce" (Mono) and "Man 
From Oklahoma" (Rep). $9,000. 

ltialto (Fox) (878: 35-74)— "Lady 
on Train" (U.) and "Forever Yours" 
(Mono), after week at Denver, Es- 
quire. Webber. Aladdin. Fast $4„>(l(). 
Last week. "G;l. Joe" (UA) and 
•'Kasv to Look At" (U) (m.o. i. big 
;;6.000. . : ' 

Wrbber (Fox) (750; 35-74 >-"Stale 
Fair" (20th) arid '•Shanghai Cobra" 
(Mono i. also Denver. Esquire. Fine 
$4,000. Last week, "Pride ol' Ma- 
rines" (WB) and "Tell It to Sl'Jr" 
(Ren I. also Denver. ■Esquire, fine 
$3,300. 



Hollywood (WB) (1.499: 65-$l.H>> 
—"Rhapsody in Blue" (WB) (lath 
wk). Remttins exceptionally steady, 
willi 14th week having ended . last 
night (Tue.'i.) at $23,000, good. The 
13th round was $24,800. 

Valace (RKO) (1.700; 60-$1.20)— 
"Back to Bataan" (4th wk). Hit a 
pretty good $23,000 on third week 
cond'uded last night (Tues.) and re- 
mains' over. Second was a stout 
¥30.000. Tomorrow (Thins.) Palace 
observes its 10th year of operation 
us a straight-lilmei'. •. 

Paramount (Par) (3.664; 70-.$ 1.20) 

"Dufly's Tavern" (Par), Andrews 

Sisters. Tim Herbert and Vic Sehocn 
, orch (4th wk). Remains -well up in 
| higher brackets, third lap having 
ended last night (Tues.) at near to 
SBO.OOI. Previous week was sock 
$94,000. . . 

l!adio Citv Music Hall ■ (Rockefel- 
lers 1 (5.945.) (60-$l. 10)— "Vines Have 
Tender Grapes" (M-G) and stage- 
show (4th wk). On blowofl' about 
$100,000. very good. Last week- was 
a tall $115,000. "Weekend at Wal- 
dorf" (M-G) corires in tomorrow. 
(Thurs.). "v..;' 

Kialto (Mayer) (594: 35-85 )— "Isle 
of Dead" (RKO > (4th wk), Will bow 
out wilh around $7,000. okay. Third 
week- was stout .$.9,000. 

Kivoli (UA-Par) (2.092; 60-$1.25) 
— "Love Letters" (Par) (6th wk). 
Having had a terrific weekend and 
holding up well on weekdays, cur- 
rently is on way to a strong $43,000. 
Filth' frame was $55,000. Holds. 

Roxy (20lhl (5.886: 65-$l. 10)— 
"House on 92ud St." (20ilv). special 
edition of Copacabana Revue. Rosa- 
rio and Antonio and the hold-over 
Carl Ravazza ('2d wk). A hit hole, 



letters' 46G In 
PMly; Tair' 35G 

Philadelphia, Oct. 2. 
"State Fair" and "Love Letters," 
both in the socko class, are tops this 
week as biz continues on the up- 
grade" liere. Weekjtjarks the finale 
(or the Fox"' under Stariley^WSriiei- 
operation, "house going back to the 
Fox interests next Friday (5). 
"Paris Undeground" is having an 
auspicious -beginning at the Stanton. 
Estimates for This Week 
Aldine (1.303; 40-85) — ."Junior 
Miss" (20th) (2d wk). Okay $11,800; 
Initial sesh was hefty $17,500 plus 
$3,000 at Earle. Sun. showing. 

Arcadia (Sablosky) (700: 40-85''— 
"Highness and Bellboy" (M-G) (2d 
run). Gaining momentum to laud a 
bright $8,000 or near. Last week, 
"Pride of Marines" (WB).. strong 
S5.500 for second . week, of second 
run. 

Boyd (WB) (2.760: 40-85)— "Rhao- 
sody in Blue" (WB) (5th wk>. 
Good $18,500. Fourth canto was line 
$20,000. 

Karle (WB) (2,760; 50-95)— "Gay 
Senorita" (Col) with Martha Rave 
heading stage show. Trim $24,500. 
Last week. "On Stage Everybody" 
(U) and 3 Stooges, others, on stage, 
okay $22,500. 

I'ox (WB) (2.250: 40-85')— "State 
Fiir" (20th ). Great $30,500 plus 
husky $4,500 for Sunday show'mg.aj, 
Earle. Last week, "Naughty Nine- 
ties" (U), only $17,500. 
Karlion (Goldman) (1,000; 40-85) 
Alone Came Jones" (RKO ) <2d 
' ' W) J.as) week.* 

days of second run. 

Keith's (Goldman) (2,200; 40-85)— 
"East Side of Heaven" (U> and 
"Imitation of Life" (U) (reissues) 
(41 h wk). Neat $6,000, Tliird week 
was nice $8,000. 

'. lilastbaum (WB) (4,692; 40-85 > — 
"Love Letters" (Par). Smash $46,- 
000. Last week, "?ncendiary Blonde" 
(Pal ) (3d wk). potent $20,000. 

Stanley (WB) (2.760; 40 - 85 . — 
"Christmas in Conn." (WB) (4th 
wk), Fine $16,000. Third week, 
neat $18,500. 

Stanton (WB) (1.475: 40 - 85) — 
"Paris Underground" (UA' ; Rugged 
$16,000. Last week. "Great John L." 
(UA) (2d wk), stout $11,800. 



Film Thesps Don't Get 
Lush Coin, Says Cagney 

• Hollywood, Oct. 2. 

While some film stars draw fab- 
ulous salaries, a majority ol Holly- 
wood thesps earn less than $5,000 a 
year. That was the gist of the Screen 
Actors Guild's monthly newsletter, 
.signed by" Ja^mes Cagney. Purpose 
of the article was to let. the public 
know that screen players are not 
all rich, and that . some of them 
could use a few extra bucks in the 
pay envelope. 

"Of more than 7,000 actors in th« 
motion picture industry," Cagney 
said, "not more than 600 are under 
term contract. Approximately 20'V 
of all screen actors earn .between 
$2,000 and $4,000 yearly?' 



Wednesday. October 3, 1 915 




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Mildred Pierce 

Hollywood, Sept* 26. 

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"Mildred Pierce" returns Joan 
Crawford to the screen in a b.o. 
drama. It's potent vehicle earmarked 
for important boxoffice in all situ- 
ations and justifies Miss Crawford's 
two-year wait for the proper story. 
Picture packs terrific appeal for 
adiilt audiences, particularly the 
women, though it has a tendency to 
be overlong and draggy. 

At first reacting James M. Cain's 
novel of the same title might not 
suggest screenable materia), but the 
cleanup job has resulted in a class 
feature, showmanly produced by 
Jerry Wald and tellingly directed 
by Michael Cui'tiz. It skirts the cen- 
surable deftly, but keeps the devel- 
opment adult ill dealing with the 
story of a woman's sacrifices lor a 
no-good daughter. High credit goes 
to Ranald MacDougall's scripting for 
liis realistic dialog and method of 
retaining the frank sex play that 
dots the narrative While, at the same 
lime, making the necessary com- 
promises with the blue-pencillers. 

Story is told in flashback as Mil- 
dred Pierce is being questioned by 
police about the murder of her sec- 
ond husband. Character goes back to 
the time she separated from her first 
husband and how. she struggled to 
fulfill her ambitions for - her chil- 
dren. She turns waitress first, grad- 
uates to owning her own typical 
California drive-in and then a chain 
of eateries. Despite her Success, she's 
not able to hold her selfish and snob- 
bish daughter and in one high dra- 
matic moment they part. Mildred 
then marries a worthless Pasadena 
socialite fo -gain a social standing 
that will bring her . daughter back. 
The husband and the daughter carry 
on a love affair started at the time 
the playboy was also conducting an 
affair with Mildred before he) - mar- 
riage. In the driving climax Mildred 
discovers the truth, the daughter 
kills the husband, and the mother 
tries her last sacrifice in attempting 
to assume the blame. It doesn't work 
and ending_indicates Mildred will 
try again with her first husband. 

The dramatics are _ heavy but so 
skillfully handled by Curti/.'s direc- 
tion and the gifted work of the cast 
that they never cloy. Miss Crawford 
reaches the sieak of her acting career 
in this pic. Ann Blyth, as the 
daughter, scores dramatically in her 
first genuine acting assignment. 
Zachary Scott makes the most of his 
character as the Pasadena heel, a 
talented performance. Lighter mo- 
ments are sterling'ly handled by Jack 
Carson, on the make for Mildred or 
anything else in skirts, and Eve 
Arden, as Mildred's friend and busi- 
ness associate. Bruce Bennett makes 
effective the quieter, restrained char- 
acter of the first husband. 

Jo Ann Marlowe, the young daugh- 
ter; Moroni OJsen, a belicveable de- 
tective-lieutenant; Butterfly Mc- 
Queen, Mildred's maid with the sur- 
prise voice: Chester Clule, Lee Pat- 
rick. and others in the cast ably 



lusty boxoffice in majority ot situa- 
tions. Story concentrates on action 
melodrama but occasionally lakes a 
satirical slant on such high adven- 
ture doings, thus bringing nifty 
chuckles. Red-blooded action will 
find male favor, as will charms of 
Maureen O'Hara displayed in color. 
Romantic aspects offer plenty of in- 
terest lor femme audiences. 

Plot concerns a group of Dutch- 
men whose ship is wrecked by a 
storm on the shore of Spanish-held 
Cartagena. Spanish governor orders 
the survivors iiito slavery and the 
ship's caplain to biv hung. The cap- 
tain and several 'others escape and 
take up piracy against all Spanish 
ships. One ship seized is; carry in"; the 
governor's betrothed, daughter of 
Mexico's viceroy. The . captain- 
turned-buccaneer forces the girl into 
marriage but reckons not of jealousy 
and treachery among his fellow pi- 
rates, who fear marriage will result 
in Spaniards arising in force against, 
Toi'tuga, the buccaneer colony. They 
return the girl to the governor but 
by now she's willing to remain a 
pirate's bride and aids her lover to 
complete a swashbuckling rescue.. 

Frank Borxage's ; direction has 
packed a multitude of realistic fight 
scenes into the sea and laud clashes, 
as well as maintaining high interest 
in the tale's other factors. Robert 
Follows' product ion gives showmnnly: 
and colorful backing to the ingre- 
dients, and photography and special 
effects add to the overall top-notch 
job. 

Familiar names of /Paul Henreicl 
and Maureen O'Hara 'offer marquee 
bait. Henreid docs well by the dash- 
ing Dutchman who becomes the 
Spaniards' sea-scourge / .and ' Will 
please his following! Miss O'Hara. as 
usual, hasn't much opportunity to 
show off her acting ability but ful- 
fills the role's other requirements 
with lush beauty. Walter Slezak's 
cruel Spanish governor .character is 
showy. Binnie Barnes, femme pi- 
rale, John Emery, J, M. Kerrigan, 
Mike Mux.urki. Curt Bois, Antonio 
Moreno. Fritz Lcibcr are among oth- 
ers who show up well. . Brog. 



Miniature Reviews 

"Mildred rie rce" rWB). Potent 
drama bringing Joan Crawford 
back to screen. Buff lure for 
femme trade with important b.6, 
prospects. 

"The Spanish Main" (Techni- 
color) - iRKO). Swashbuckling 
high-adventure melodrama, B.O. 
prospects sturdy. 

"Colonel Effingham's Raid" 
1 20th V Charles Coburn. Joan 
Bennett and William Eythe in 
comedy-drama good for okay re- 
turns. ; , . 

"Query'' (Anglo- Am. >. Murder 
thriller with too much British 
flavor to rate much U. S. box- 
office;, no cast also- a handicap.. 

"Apotoey for Murder - ' tPKC). 
Good murder meller in the light- 
budget vein. 

"Stagecoach Outlaws" I PRC). 
Formula sagebushcr. 



good thesping by a supporting cast 
led by Charles D. Brown, as Beau- 
mont's city editor, who tracks clown 
the. murderers. 

Original story and screenplay by 
Fred Minton is* given neat direction 
by Sam Ne.wfield. Settings are sub- 
stantial enough, and camera work 
is fair. . Swn. 



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A coupte of years agn- Barry Flem- 
ing's novel. "Colonel Effinghanvs 
Raid." was a Book of the Month Club 
selection, alia now 20th-Fox has 
given a fairly literate adaptation to 
thus story of patriotic fervor and 
small-town politics. It should do well 
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■This British ' National thriller, if 
and when it hits Broadway, will 
awaken memories of the stage hit of 
the early '20s, "It Is the Law.'' In 
most respects, "Query" follows the 
underlying plot of the Elmer Rice 
play as closely as did the silent film 
| version made by Fox. "Query" has 
i the earmarks of a fair-sized hit with 
British audiences. Lack of names and 
and the unfamiliar workings of Brit- 
ish courts of law would seem to min- 
imize its chances in the U. S.. but it 
is distinctly above the level of a 
Hollywood second feature. 

Seamark was the nom de plume of 
a well-known Fleet Street character 
who committed suicide some 10 years 
ago. If. in fact, he wrote the story 
on which "Query" is based, lie 
yanked the arm of coincidence clear 
out of its socket or grabbed bodily 
the plot of "It Is the Law" and em- 
bellished it with different non-essen- 
tials. 

The film moves swiftly and 
j smoothly to an effective and grim 
j climax, direction and cutting of. a 
higher-lhan-usual quality- for this 
type of English pix helping. Billv 
Hartnell. who shoulders the job of 
making plausible the legal right of a 
man to commit murder, is excellent as 
a tough young' stevedore and also as 
a prematurely aged ex-convict. 

Of the others in a cast of un- 
knowns to American patrons. John 
Slater, as an especially hasty heavy, 
and Kynaston Reeves, as an eminent 
K.C., are outstanding. Chili Bouchier 
does what she can with a sordid role 
as a faithless wife and mother, and 
Brefni O'Rouike contributes an au- 
thoritative touch as a London news- 
paper editor. 

Production is adequate. Lime 
House slums and pubs being more 
like the real thing than the usual 
run of studio sets with the murder 
trial at the Old Bailey being espe- 
cially realistic. " ■ 



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A resuscitation' of movie "museum ! 
pieces, this production; by Maxwell j 
Finn and Joseph Lcvine. is a wclciing] 
of silent era films and clips. It. 'm a 
dociimenlal ion of tin: advance of. ipo- j 
tion pictures. It's also a nostalgic 
bit tor bldlimers. whose memory . 
ilaics back, plus or minus 40 years. I 
Picture is strictly for laughs, ami -is. 
successful iii eliciting response in ' 
that department. 

Diyidecl Into four, sections— so it' 
can play cither as four shorts or one 
complete' I'eatiirt' — this film is a good 
historical review for students of the 
cinema. First section has same title 
as tag of show and contains series of 
sequences of Hollywood names who 
have been relegated to the movie 
hall of fame. Here grotesquencss of 
costumes and makeup is a dynalomir 
spur to lad's. Commentary by Ben 
Crauer is ably presented. Number of 
oldtimers brought back to screen is 
ntimcrous and includes Valentino. 
William S. Hart. Jackie Coogan. 
Chaplin. Marie Dressier, Mack Sen- 
net!. Pickforri. Arbuckle. etc. \ 

Second section is named "Time 
Marches Back." splicing of series of 
newsreel clips dating back to 1899. 
the Jeffries-Fitzsimmons fight, etc. 
Several shots are presented. With a 
bathing beauty contest of 1908 draw- 
ing iaffs from femme department. 
Ethel Owen dubbs in an able 'de- 
scription of woman's fashions in pic- 
torial review styles of 1905, Also 
strong on femme hilarious reaction. 
John B, v Kcnnedy on tap to commen- 
tate ofynows events. 

The "Drunkard" fills in the third 
slot of this production. " With the. 
original Los Angeles company (now 
in its 13th year 1 cast, this is the only 
modern bit of the lengthy show. 
Modern as far as new techniques of 
cinema are concerned. High voltage 
in the guffaw department, this car- 
ries many moments of high hilarity. 
Originally produced as a full-length 
picture now cut to 31 minutes. 

With Milton Cross and Ethel Owen 
dubbing in the commentary. "East 
Lynne.". tearjerkcr meller of the 
.gaslight days, is also good for laughs. 
Asides and crossfire patter of the 
duo help activities along with the 
script job for commenting done in 
excellent fashion. Ecfe. 



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have been selling their pictures for 
tOmm, distribution, and will take 
over this program themselves. Not 
many months from now, salesmen 
for these majors will have stipula- 
tions in their contracts with exhibi- 
tors for the showing of both the 
UMial ;irimm, picture, as well as'the. 
Kimm. print right in this country. 
Di-.tribiilor.s see the day not far off 
when, instead of writing domestical- 
ly the average 11.000 to 13,000 con- 
tracts for. a production, the writing of 
lis; many as 30,000 contracts for exhibi- 
.lion of a picture, will become a 
common practice. Of course, more 
than 50'!; of these.pacts will be for. 
showing of Itimm. prints. This prac- 
tice recalls that when "talkies" first 
came into being, salesmen wrote 
dual ..-contracts calling for "cither . 
Vitaphonc or Movietone for the 
prims.. • - -. . ' - - . . ' ' - . - 

Pointed' out. that for a number of . 
years, now., the majors have been 
prutccling their rights on the show- 
ing of pictures both in the 16nun. 
field and in television. This pro- 
tcctiye practice is now going to pay 
off big, not only foreign-wise, but 
domestically, too. Major studios and 
indie producers have a huge back- 
log of product wailing to be shitted 
into this vast new market, and lire 
p;:rfecting their selling plans toward , 
this objective. As costs acid up now. 
Itimm. prints can be made for about 
40' ii less than 35mm. prints. With 
the coming of mass production for 
16mm. pictures, costs will, of neces- 
sity, drop considerably. This, too, 
is based on past experience, facts 
showing that when Technicolor first 
caine to the fore costs to make color 
prints were high. But with the com- 
paratively wiclcSpred use of -color 
prints, casts on a mass production 
basis were considerably lowered. 

The 16mm. field is no longer an 
amateurish endeavor, it is pointed 
out. It costs from $200 to $250 to 
re-record a 35mm. print to Kimm. 
to compensate for the adjustment of 
sound levels, and the large amount 
of revenue to be realized from this 
move is readily discernible. 

Another Keynote 

Henry Kaiser, with Howard 
Hughes, is definitely committed to 
the .manufacture of portable, pie- 
fabricated theatres postwar, houses 
that will cost no more than $3,000. 
Thousands of small town business- 
men, realizing the practicability of 
opening theatres in their situations, 
are understood veady to finance 
houses. , Although population totals 
will not warrant daily exhibition of 
Itimm. pictures, it is feasible to 
show pictures one or two nights a 
week, and because of the low over- 
head, have a profitable operation. 
Even today, when 16mm. projectors 
have not yet been manufactured on 
an "assembly-line" basis, projectors 
cost but $125 each, on the average. 
Reported that there are some 24.000 
such-type projectors in this country 
at the present time. Thus for a 
comparatively smqll investment, 
thousands ot little communities 
throughout the nation will have film 
houses before long. 

In relation to the 16mm. program 
by the majors in foreign countries, it 




Jerry Wald's prodOction is smartly 
devised to display every value iii 
the dramatics and is an ace job of 
supervision. Ernest Ha tier's photog- 
raphy Ls fine. The score by Max 
Steiner, settings, art direction and 
other contributions are distinct aids 
in making this one something the 
public will flock to buy. Brotj. 

Th<» Spanish >lain 

(COLOR) ,.- 

Hollywood, Sept. 22. 
ItivO n-leasd i,r ll.ilierl l-vn,„v S , ■<„.„•„.„ 
AlOW) mwlllellAil. Slars l'M„| ll,.„,.,.i,|. 
Wa.uri-.'ll O'lllH'll. WUIlei - Hll'wik- .Oitul-es 
litnilfci liarm.s. .lulu, KinWr. 1: 
r.inte, J, 11/ Kerrigan. I'riiz I 

rn-U-ti l,y l.raiilv -zasp, .seiwiliiliiv 

t!e»ij-.i WniiliiiiK vrci-s iii,\i liei'Hinii \\. 
Miinlllewiea; iir-ij-hiiri. Apneas -Si a. li .-itzl, • 
.•anii-ra, «enr«:e llafnes; musie. n„„„ s 
Ivisler; sf.eelal erf^.-.s. Venliiii r„ Walk.-i : 
e.lilur. Italpli Daivsnn: UVIhiIuIiI dlrft-itji- 
• 'up-,., I'.-eil Kills, tt,.|, ii, M,. m. rni.li.- 
ylHUH) .f'<nimi{.;s li.,n.v,vu.,4. s.. m . 2 i,, .j.-,. 
linniiins- ilme, I in jiixs. • 

1.. 'iiiVein Van ii.ii-n' . lViuiH.-nr',.|,| 

Vl'iltielse.l. ... .Mallieiul i>'U,l|ii 

1.1. ui .Mvariiiiii. . . Wn ll .1- Stemilt' 

Ainu. Iluiiiiy, . |ii„„l,. i; : ,,.,„ « 

"a Hilar .Jul,,, Knierv 

r: 'l'lain Ilia.- li,U'iu|l 5)«el.«i». 

.-, . ,.i. Si. Kei'i'iKiiii 

» !l "".'."' , l-n„. ,.,.il.,., 

J-I'lula.... V .,,,•;,(„„ 

WeiKemilit ev-nliar ; |,„,k |, llU , t ,. 

SW'iilie '.. .Mike MiMiirk i 

••apiiiin Liissun ....Ian KelM, 

Santa Ma.lie ,>api„i„ Vlelnr- Hillatl 

t'«i"« cmr n.iis 

CBnlilliilllfulrtf.., Antuulu -Mol'llo 



Robust saga of swaggering pirates 
•ud beautiful girls. Technicolor 
dressing and colorful action in pro- 
duction and direction earmark it for 



The column, ostensibly, is supposed 
to be about military matters but in it 
he wields' his pen as he would a 
bolo knife — and no one escapes, from 
the mayor down. Linked with tile 
major story line is the lesser one 
of a young newspaper reporter who 
becomes imbued with the spirit of 
the. oldster and. just when it looks 
like the crooked City Hall has the 
colonel whipped, the youngster 
comes through in the breach. Via a 
patriotic gimmick, to win out. 

Charles Coburn is the elderly col- 
onel and William Eythe the reporter. 
Joan Bennett is the film's third star- 
ring link, the latter two forming the 
pic's romantic team. The perform- 
ances arc good, especially that of 
Coburn. Others who do well are 
Allyn, -Joslyn us the paper's editor: 
Elizabeth Patterson, the late Frank 
Craven and Thurston " Hall .as the 
mayor. - - • . 

Irving Pichel has directed for pace, 
and, Lamar Trotti's production is 
adequate. Ka/i'n. 



Andrews' First Whodunit 

Hollywood. Oct. 2. 

First producer chore for James 
Andrews under his new contract at 
Paramount will be a whodunit. He- 
was formerly a producer of radio 
mysteries. 

Picture, still untitled, is slated as 
■.. Co-starrer for Alan Ladd. now on 
•he suspended list, and Veronica 
Lake/temporarily in retirement to 
■wait motherhood. 



have a murder coming to him— 
which will line 'em up at the box- 
office over here. Tn(b. 

Apology for MiiroVr 

l'.U<' rel.-ase iit Si B nu„„l .Yfui'ulil „r,„|,„- 
In. II, l-Valiins Ann Savin;... 1I„ K |, l:,.„„. 
muni. Kussel lll.-ks. 1%,,1'tes- I). Hiiiivm 
I >i » I'py Sam N'ei.li.-l.l lium '.uiuinal |„. 

I'lv.i Mn.-u.h- .•ameiu. .laek «:,,,. i k i, L 

'<>>- H.illuiiiili X. t.,,1,1. ,\j x,.„ y in .k ii,,- 

litre. .X. V.., >yeek S..|,i; ..|,-, ,luai|,.,| 

ItlllinlilK lime, HI .MINS. 

tulii Kirklati.l.,,. ...... ' \ nil •Jiiv-ij'r. 

Kenny tll.-l.e. ...... .; HiisI; ll.-iiniiiinil 

Waul AleKee; Ii;, lies II !:,„«, , 

l<ii - Ulal„l. ilussell Ili.Ks 

',"<<« : l'"'li •' I'l. pie Wlilklns 

' arelaker, Masl'i.,- 

All-n W.l.l... X.,i.uan AVillls 

>*" ,....', .V..,i.:v., -Xmal, 

'" 1| """ \r.-lil.. Hall 

.llMu-lu-r'.- Wil. ...... ..lOlizalail,- Vlili.-j.rtue 

"i",' 1 : "••••:••:••' '...Ifeiify Hull 

•Uin-Nlrr. W|..,i.„„ <•],=,, ,-s 

'•.<• K'Knnlf il.-mVu. SI,.-,-,,- | 



TJlco noinup 
come off. used by a gang of out 
laws led by a gambler. Their pur- 
nose is to take. over a stagecoach line 
illegallv. , 

Buster Crabbe. is seen as the cow- 
puncher Who breaks up the gang, 
aided by comedian Al-St. John, who 
has been cast in this type horse opry 
loi', ]o. those nuinv years. France's 
] Gladwin, as' the "daughter of the 
Istagepoach-liHo operator, provides 
the pulchritude to the formula. Sets 
I seem to be wearing out. Maybe PRC 
! ought to get some new opes now that 
I the war is over. Production lacks 
I finesse, as do the direction and script 

Sfeii. 



Considering that ."Apology for 
Murder" is obviously, a small buclg- 
eter, this murder meller serves its 
purpose. 

There is enough suspense good 
scripting and acting in this (jlni to 
provide an interesting hour Or so 
of guessing for mystery fans as to 
how the thing will wind no. Unfor- 
tunately, however, the denouement 
is too drawn out, proving a dis- 
appointment. 

Ann Savage portrays the role of a 
ga) who wants to be treed: from her 
husband, who is older than she is 
Hugh Beaumont; is a reporter who 
falls in love with her and succumbs 
to her plan to kill in order to get her 
husband's money. They both give 
solid -performances, along with some 



U.S. Army Not Vacating: 
Par's Old Astoria Studi > 

U. S. Army does not plan to vacate 
the Paramount-built studio in Aslo- 
ria. L. I., despite the curtailment of 
the armed forces film production 
program, according to the executive 
officer of the .unit occupy ing the stu- 
dio. Major Robert S. Benjamin. 

Several of the major companies, 
looking around for possible studio 
space in. the cast in the postwar for 
use in shooting of tests as well as 
any possible production plans that 
might arise in the future, have been 
making inquiries concerning the de- 
parture of the Army from We for- 
mer Paramount-built studio. 

Benjamin revealed that the Army 
plans to continue making training 
' films in Astoria indefinitely. - 



available, wlUbere^niaeoWroirillTis 
I market. Prints, which naturally 
j will take up much less space in 
being transported, will be tied up 
| for exhibition in any single s'ituatioit 
much less than prewar. Instead of 
this. Slower distribution of Holly- 
wood pictures in the foreign market, 
the speed-up will definitely result, 
loo, in showing the American way 
of life concurrent with the times, 
rather than showing a 'cycle" ot 
American life which long since has 
passed. Foreigners will not. be see-; 
jing "yesterday's headlines" aboul 
i the U. S., but today's and tomor- 
row's. A case in point iS the way 
the present Argentine government 
has been using Hollywood pictures 
depicting what Hollywood con- 
sidered was. the Argentine way of 
life, using these pictures as -a- 
i weapon to build up anti-American 
I feeling in that country. These pic- 
jtures, "Down Argentine Way." "Ar- 
gentine Nights," "They Met in 
1 Argentina" and others, of course,, 
were produced years ago. 

With the opening up of the 16mm. 
market overseas, shipment ot 
enough prints to service the entire 
world can be made by air express 
at one time, practically on one air 
transport. American companies 
thus will be able tp control the dis- 
tribution of prints more easily, and 
there will remain less chance of 
such unfair tactics as are presently 
being used in the Argentine. 



21 



tmmm, 



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INC 



JOSEPH BERNHARD//^^ 
M I LTON SPERLING, Vice-PresiiUnt 



A PRODUCING GROUP WHOSE PROGRAM, FOR 
RELEASE BY WARNER BROS., WILL ENDEAVOR TO BRING 
STILL HIGHER REGARD FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT STANDARDS 

OF THE AMERICAN SCREEN. 



Mr 



Ms 

mm 
111 



WrtlitCMlay, October 3, 19-15 




ing ready for bigger limio. comes 
close to being the fumiiest i^egio 
male combo seen on Broadway in 
veais. They wowed 'em here. Be- 
sides their expert handling of pat- 
ter, enough new quips to go with 
by-play -on current happenings, 
straight man has an excellent tenor 
He voice. He does instrumentation on 
as ; the uke'ahd fiddle while his. partner 
a tat that spies a, dog ten 'tushes in on the gags. A solid hit. 



< npitol. 1. 

Gere Kntua Orch, Wesson Bros.; 
Senjr Waive*. Pamela Britwn. 

MHa 0't)«ii. Buddy Siewaru:..mr 

Uwh^s and Bel(.l;o!/ tM-G), re- 
ru'ued in -Vurietu, Jul!/ U, 45. 



His hair allying, (apparently 
never combs it) and his digit- 
nervous 



figures. Spot U kept on the life-like 
dolls, while Miss Sabin cleverly 
handles the strings and wires. Uses 
full stage and projects dancers, Latin 
singer, and stripteaser, all plenty 
clever; . . • 

Ned Haverly, blackface single, 
comes on for a brief routine of sand 
dancing and old-lime minstrel songs. 
His softshoe sends him off to^loud 
applause. • . . ' 

Earl Kellers pit. band as usual 
solid on the musical background. 
Biz good at show caught Friday (28). 

Hold. 



New Acts 



times his- size, Gene, Krupa bats the 
evervthing out ot his drums in. what < 
amounts to a successful, attempt to 
arouse the jitteroo instincts m Utns • 
ot his wlio are coming here -to 
him And succeeds, as witness, 
hectic revival of "Stompni at 
Savoy." which lie does with a- 
and "pianist for terrific results 



see 
that 
the 

SitS 

In 



another session, on an African tribal 
number, he also sets himself solidly J Utdt 
with the fans, while on ••Drum preen 
Boogie,"' which is very- effectively HL ! b anu 
Krupa is so hot with those ' drum- 
sticks that you expect to see sparks 
miv minute. 

'Ill the finale there's an unusually 
good trick in which a mythical drum- 
mer heard from offstage but sup- 
posedly occupying Krupa's throne, 
and with cymbals sounding without 
being hit visibly. 

- Band opens with a muted arrange- 
ment of ••Lover." followed by one of 
those loudics. with his soloists. Anita 
6' Day and Buddy Stewart, on tap. 
Both reKist«^t,';ojwly...i)rjid. svnpris- 



Luiioeford, whose organization has 
been a moneymaker . for years, is 
cniceeirig show besides wielding the 
baton and doing; .first, rate on both. 

Band has four trombones, as many 
horns, live saxaphoncs and tour 
rhythm. Best, numbers are ••Cale- 
donia" and "Body and Soul.' latter 
being given a swingy Spanish inter-. 

For :'. "Body." • loo. Russell 
and Joe Thomas from the 
add their own vocalising.. 
Thomas also warbles "Caledonia." 

Tina Dixon, femme'. vocalist, spe- 
cializes on blues numbers to. solid 
returns. She has a vivid personality. 
Nick Brooks, male vocalist Willi 
band, scores a big hit. his "How I 
Love. You" being outstanding. 

Four Step Brothers, .who have 
come a. long ways since last around, 
make a strong act to close the . bill. 
Turn is fast gaitcd With all the in- 
gredients to make a solid tapstermg 
act. Each lad is a tap specialist. 
Leon Collins (New Acts), tap 



K»H<>. IMiillv 

Philadelphia, Sept. 28. 
. JVfardia Rnjfe. Peg Leg Bates. 
George Prentice, Gene Sheldon, 
Winter Sisters Lou Sfhrader 

Onh (18); "Gay Seuonta" (Col). 



Current offering at the Earle high- 
lights the importance of anrfl.c. : •• • 

There's plenty of lalent on the bill 
but . lack of a' capable supervisor, to 
wrap things together slows its pace 
badlv. An unidentified character 
reads the billing from backstage 
over a mike and result is n.s.lv.. 

Martha Ray'e in the closing spot 
registers her usual clicko job. The 
gal kicks off her shoes and wades : applause, 
into her work sans inhibitions and | 
the customers go for it.- She gives 
out with "Great Day." "Atchison. 
Topcka." and her standby— but still 
potent— "Mr. Pagauini." • ■ .. 6 

Gone Sheldon's guitar and panto-, 
mime is also good for plenty of 
giggles. Working with a femme 
stooge with plenty of s;a„ Sheldon's 



PAMELA BK1TTON 
Sonts 
7 Minn. 

opitoi. n. y. ■ ■ 

Pamela Britton, youthful and 
vivacious blonde songstress, loaded 
with plentv of personality, is making 
a hit here" in a brief (7-minulel ap- 
pearance and, if her reception Friday 
evening (28) is any indication, she 
can play elsewhere and do longer. 
In fact. Miss Britton went over so 
strongly when caught on this, her 
first engagement, it's surprising she 
didn't come back for another num- 
ber. .- ':"/■' ■• ' .-;■' , : ■'." .;'■ ..• :"' 

Equipped with a highly pleasing; 
swingy voice, she opens with "I've 
Got Rhvthm," to which have been 
added some special lyrics and then 
an arrangement of "My Heart Sings," 
which was done by Kathryn Grayson 
in "Anchors A weigh." film in which 
Miss Britton appeared in a support- 
ing role. She winds tip with "I'm 
Going to Love That Guy." which 
ruhs. her to the wings w ith heavy 
• Churl 



r-SHKILA REYNOLDS 
Songs 
9 Wins. 
Wivel. N. IT. 

Well-built Sheila Reynolds, with 
good pipes and passable delivery, as 
yet hasn't the necessary savvy to 
project in clicko manner. Vocally, 
she's well suited for semi-classical 
work she's attempting. Shows up 
nicely on the Strauss waltz medley 
and ''You Belong to My Heart." 
"June Is Bustin' Out All Over" isn't 
lor her. Needs further experience. 
,. "- Jvse. 



ing in a way that they aren't brought dancer, tees off the 
on again farther down on the show 



Senor Wenee.s, as slick a juggle): 
nnd ventriloquist, mainly latter, as 
show biz knows, was spotted early 
and goes over terrifically. He is fol- 
lowed by Pamela Britton (New 
Acts), attractive blonde songstress. 
Who had a featured singing role in 
"Anchors Awcigh," which was here 
for 10 weeks ending last Wednesday 
night (26). Miss Britton, doing three 
numbers over a space of seven min- 
utes, could have come back for more 
but didn't. 

Wesson Bros. ( Dick and Gene ) 
knock 'em for a loop with their talk, 
clowning and impersonations, re- 
main ing. on for a healthy spell. 

Krupa's band of 16 men. not count- 
ing himself, have been given a nice 
setting and lighting plot. Show runs 
just nbout an hour and is faster than 
many. Char. 

Strand. N. V. 

Rms* Morgan's Band, The Gray- 
son*, Tommii Dix. 3 Stooges; "Mil- 
ilred Pierce" ilVB), - 'reviewed in 
current issue oj "Variety." 



ids. Goes over well. 
Biz near capacity show caught. 

Wear. 



l ne'„n of stint is still out of the top drawer, 
show s lineup ot peg Les Ba , es can dance better 



Itoxv. IS. Y. 

'•Copncdbdiin Remte," until S«mba 
Sirens, Fernaiuro Alcures. Don Den- 
nis; Rosario & Antonio, Tommy 
Tteiit, Rolli/ Rolls. Curl Ramzzu. 
House Orch: "House on 92nd Street, 
reviewed in "Variety," Sept. 12, 1945. 



The Strand has plenty of name 
value for the marquee this session, 
with Russ Morgan's band. Tommy 
Dix and the Stooges on stage, and 
Joan Crawford's first starrer for 
Warners on screen. Tommy Rey- 
nolds had to sub for Morgan open- 
ing flight when the latter's plane was 
.grounded in the west on the way in 
from the Coast, but he opened the 
following day. 

There isn't anything on this bill 
to rate with Dix wherein audience 
response is concerned. The diminu- 
tive youngster, still remembered for 
bis "Buckle Down, Winsocki" tune 
from the "Best Foot Forward," legit 
and film musical in which he was 
featured, really knocks off .the cus- 
tomers like tenpins with .that boom- 



The Roxy is fooling the customers 
this week' with what it calls the 
"Copacabana Night Club Revue. 
With the exception of the Samba 
Sirens, bolstered by the Roxy s own 
line, Fernando Alvares and Don Den- 
nis; who are gotten out of the way 
in the first scene, the show is a regu- 
lar vaude bill composed of people 
who may have been patrons of the 
Copa at various times, but never saw- 
its dressing rooms. 

Initial scene t* a beaut. Based on 
various Latin rhythms, it is a bit 
longish, but winds up with such 
bounce and color that it draws pro- 
longed audience response. It uses 
alternate solos and duets by Dennis 
and Alvares. the Samba gals, line 
and chorus boys, all appropriately 
costumed. Into this scene Rosario & 
Antonio segue to deliver their ex- 
traordinary gypsy dances. One may 
not understand fully the interpreta- 
tive dances they perform, but the 
cleverness, fervor and colorful man- 
ner in which they do them are suffi- 
cient to justify to one who has never 
seen them before the high marquee 
rating they have achieved. • 

Following the debut setting, it's all 
vaude. Tommy Trent clicks solidly 
with a punch and judy routine that 
tickles all the way. He encores with 
a luminous-paint puppet to a rhythm 
number. His rhythm could be better. 

Roily Rolls rolls in as the last act. 
His comedy oiano tvork also hits the 



with one good leg than most terpers 
can with two. Guy has developed a 
couple of new dance routines which 
makes his. flashy act even more spec- 
tacular. 

George Prentice's Punch and Judy 
spiel is a sure-fire laugh-getter for 
adults as well as moppets of which 
there were many in the audience 
when reviewed (Fri. afternoon). 

Winter Sisters, trio of tiny acro- 
batic hoofers, provide a zingy open- 
ing for the show. 

House almost capacity when 
caught. Sftal. 



KOI. MAR 
Music - - 
9 Mills. 
Wivel, ft' Y. 

Kolmar. dressed in flowing nmn. 
darin garb, is probably an Occidental 
wearing, a Chinese mask to imparl 
flavor to his turn. Tricks are too 
standard to carry any distinction de- 
spite the Oriental trappings. Does 
the rope-cutting trick, works with 
rings, brings up rabbits and birds 
and shows up best in getting in- 
numerable objects . out of a small, 
Collapsible hat. 

Needs something outstanding to 
work the better-paying spots. Jose. 



I.EE ROSS 

Ballet 

7 Miiis. '.•'•'• 

Wivel, N. Y. 

Lee Ross works like a recent 
dance-school graduate who hasn't 
had time to collect professional-look- 
ing routines before taking off on a 
career. She's nice-looking, wears 
okay costumes and has a catalog of 
some good steps to carry her along. 
But her straight ballet work and the 
Hungarian gypsy number haven't 
enough sock stuff to carry her places 
at the moment. 

Ne«ls lots of experience. Jose. 



I.EOX COtXINS 
Dancer ' 
5 Mins. - 
State, N. Y. 

Colored youth looks a comer as a 
tapster single but needs more orig- 
inal routining. Lad swings a, deft 
cleat, as is. ' • ■■-' 

Collins gets no break here, being 
spotted as opener before baud, but 
audience liked him despite this 
handicap. He has enough stuff, once 
he gets straightened out., Wear. 



Unit Review 



KKO, Boston 

Boston. Sept. 28. 
Bob Chester Orch (16). Steve 
Evans, Bob Anthony. Marjorie Wood. 
Joe, Lou fc Arliiie Coifes; "Born for 
Trouble" and "It All Come True" 
iWB reissues) . 



show is — they barely let him o 
"Winsocki," as old as it is, is still his 
payoff; he had to do two choruses 
when caught. . 
The Graysons are plenty smooth 



Film fare provides main attraction 
at RKO but Bob Chester orch, strong 
on sax, does a hit panorama bringing 
big hand. Put* over "Atchison, 
Topcka & Santa Fe." with choo-choo 
bang and goes sweet on "If I Loved 
You" and "Sentimental Journey." 
Contrasting arrangements of "The 
Octave Jump" and "I Want to Be 
Happy" help out, too. Warbling 
some ot these. Bob Anthony is more 
of a swooner than a crooner. Ches- 
ter and Marjorie Wood team well in 
'•I Was Here When You Left" and 
"I'll Buy That Dream." 

As a comedian, Steve Evans snares 
most laughs with imitations ot audi- 
ence reaction to various gags and 
impersonates dead-pans, gigglers, etc. 
Lou Caites sets the pace for younger 
folk in his team with a nifty soft- 
shoe sole and progeny. Joe and Ai'- 
line, offer some neat cleat clatter. 

Dame. 



Kkaling Vanllie* of l» IH 

(CHICAGO STADIUM) 

Chicago, Sept. 25. 

Kuller TVUtep. Inc.. p(-p«*nL "Skiiltnii 
Vaiiitiffl of llllfi." in two acts. wrnefl. 
with (jlorja Xord. Mlrfcpy Mret^uin, 1'ati) 
U6rrils. -Waldorf Trio, Bobby M»y, t.*»w 
Tpula, Dully Durkin, Frank KoHler, iMPlva 
Moreno, harry Von, Khyretlos (:!). H**n 
DoYlt, Shorty Henna, ('outil l.eroy. l.illlp 
Mltxie. Shirley Hear!, Vanity Kairp i'Mt. 
Wscorts 0"), Benjamin Srhvvarts ami nidi. 
wll.hr Phil Marana. Paul Terry. Anitela 
Bonne-; Miage Hint, itirevte.1 by llae Ko.«ler: 
roslnines by .loan Personelte: nmsltial wore, 
by Frank Venire; produeeil by Itarolil 
Sleiimutti at Stadium. ChU'HKO, SepL 
'45; $:t top. 



Tim er. K. C. 




iiway through "Polonaise' as if he 
were taking the piano apart, but 
plays a lot of piano with both hands 
He also does a bit that demonstrates 



Miller & Boogie. Frank Rande & 
Co (2). Bii( CnsfeKo, Lee MurUs, 
Tower Onh (9) with Mike Carll 



the man-woman team getting over ii : s higWy^a^shT*' 



Me a so qoes a on mat ciemoiisiiaies r ,.„,,,i„ <-;n,„„„. .«maH».« 
(k . „ 0 . l „„i ,.r knxT nnooHeri ' ' eddy uilliens: Caribbean Mys- 

■ he V..H..U.- 1M-C- "I ki> [lou.itlt ■ , |j)r)il „„,) ■•,y ,r).,i/,l.) M,' n . 



I?ig. It's something else again for 
the Three -Stooges. They're still 
dishing out the" dirt, and that's no 
excuse for a class presentation house 
Jikc the Strand. They're occasion- 
ally funny btlt mostly they're not. 

Morgan's band, with the affable 
leader fronting and generally pacing 
the layout in excellent fashion, gives 
a good account of itself with its 
neatly-styled arrangements. Those 
six. liddlc.s are an important part of 
the setup, but the main thing about 
the whole group is- the maestro him- 
self, who has a neat sense of humor 
and generally conducts himself with 
ease. The conduct of the band shows 
considerable thought, and it plays 
•well, too, lor the rest of the acts, 
something that was sorely missing 
at "the late show Friday, when Rey- 
nolds subbed. The latter, of course, 
was a quick booking and unable to 
cope with the need for such speed 
in learning the music of the other 
acts. Kahn. 



Carl Ravazza's solo bit comes before 
Rolls. He's clicking nicely with 
audiences. Gets over easily with 
■"One I Love." "Till the End of Time" 
and the "Princess PapuJi" tunc that 
Ray McKinney's Hawaiian band has 
featured for years. He also Conducts 
the usual Community Sing at the 
finale. Wood, 



Jimmie Lnnceford (18), with Tina 
Dixpn, { William Brooks; Howell & 
Bowser. A Step Bros.. Leon Collins; 
"You Cuine Along" (Par). . 



All-colored show, with Jimmie 
Luneeford's hep orchestra topping 
bill, packs plenty of b.o. draught 
currently. The band obviously is 
bringing in the payees, but the. sur- 
rounding layout goes far in giving 
the show ils class. In fact, it car- 
ries more all-round sock than many 
recent lineups at the State. 

The Howell-Bowser act. only a 
couple of months ago uptown at the 
Apollo where "Variety" rated it be- 



\Hllon»l. l/ville 

Louisui lie, Sept. 28. 
Borrah MinerAteh Harmonica Ras~ 
cats (7). i Yacppis, Dorothy Tillman, 
Sabin Personettes. Ned Haverly; 
"Arson Squad" (PRC). ;• 



Nicely balanced array of standard 
acts, which play smoothly and go 
over well w ith the patrons. The 
Minevitch harmonica combo has 
played this house, on previous occa- 
sions, but doesn't seem to lose 
sparkle, and the customers liked 
them a lot, particularly the clowning 
of diminutive Johnny Puleo. 

Yacopis. circus tcelcr-board turn, 
have an amazing routine of leaps and 
somersauHs, with the propulsion fur- 
nished by one of the troupe landing 
on one end of the teeter-board, and 
propelling a lighter member to the 
shoulders of the other boys. It's a 
thriller that gets a rousing hand. 

Dorothy Tillman, youthful imper- 
sonator, does mild takeoffs on Grade 
Allen. ZaSu Pitts, Bette Davis, and 
Vera Vague. Her best is an imper- 
sonation of a salesgirl in the bargain 
basement. Off to nice hand. . 

A marionette turn, out of (he or- 
dinary, is the Sabin Pevsonef.es. 
Introcs are made by male partner, 
while Miss Ssbin manipulates the 



mint 

Well-balanced bill on tap at the 
Tower. House orch" tees off with 
"Stuff Like That There" and Freddy 
Githens swings out with the vocal. 
Bill Castcllo doubles in m.c. spot. 

Miller and Boogie, sepia tapsters, 
offer some torrid cleatwork which is 
strictly in the woove. Frank Rande 
and femme partner Contiib nifty bal- 
ancing and tumbling routine. 

Castello. next-to-closing, comes on 
in a G.I. uniform for sesh of comedy 
gab built largely around the off-dutv 
experiences of a Yank in Italy. Two 
bows and a begoff. 

Lee Marks winds up proceedings 
with his anile juvgling of. Indian 
clubs and other customary props for 
nice hand. , . ■ 

Biz average. Eor!. 



Vaniti^' fourth ball-bearing stanza 
is a socko three-hour show that sub- 
stantiates Harold Steinman's claim 
that he spent $250,000 on it— mostly, 
from the looks of things, for eye- 
filling costumes. And the tipoff on 
that score is that he's getting almost 
$100,000 of that back in the 6-day 
engagement at Chi's huge Stadium. 

It's the same tried-and-true form- 
ula: lavish production numbers, 
comedy, speed, and repeat (with 
lotsa black light, of course) — en- 
riched this time by more splendifer- 
ous coutouriering than heretofore, 
neglecting betimes none of the Hash 
individual numbers whose omission 
can spell the difference between a 
dull layout and a sockeroo. And to 
relieve any monotony accruing to 
spinning wheels, Gae Foster. --.>.as 

M 



ramps; "Exquisite Plumage," feath- 
ered from here to there, in which 
four of the Escorts toss Miss Nord 
around carelessly; "Weekend at the 
Country Club," spotting Shirley 
Heart in some swell splits and Hips, 
pliis Shorty Renna's laugh-netting 
pint-size sedan; "Special Service, 
tap on skates by Count Leroy. sepia 
terpster, on a platform burlesque 
adagio by Lillian Schroeder. Terry 
Taylor and Bill Festag; Durkin & 
Foster in a bolero to "Temptation." 
one of the smartest turns in the lay- 
out. 

"Whirling Daredevils" (Hugh 
Thomas. Bob Ritz. Lavada Simmons 
and Jane Cowell) pull one of the 
big laughs of the evening with an 
and participalioner, in which they 
toss a fat gal around: and a sextet 
of bums, featuring Little Maxie. click 
off more guffaws with a nance veil 
dance and zany football game. 

There are very few dull moments 
in the 23 acts. Afifce. 



as Bell Uova Si lll'llnk si 
rettos' bikes, and Bobby May's jug- 
gling, all clicks. f* 
It probably doesn't make any dif- 
ference in the upper reaches, but 
to 



Capital Gains 

™ Continued from page 1 

would gouge, unless a corporation 
has more than live bona fide stock, 
holders, is seen in a current pro* 
duction. Film has anticipated <M-o(it„ 



Acad's New Board 

Hollywood, Oct. 2. 

Prexy Walter Wanger announced 
new board of directors for Academy 
of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences 
last ni.fht (1). Election of officers 
for coming year will be held at first 
meeting of new board this month. 

New board members are — actors: 
Charles Boyer, Jean Hersholt, James 
Stewart; directors: Frank Capra, 
Mcrvyn LeRoy, Frank Lloyd: writ- 
ers: Charles Brackett, Phillip Dunne, 
Mary C. McCall. Jr.; producers: Wil- 
liam Dozier, Gene Markey, Waller 
Wanger; sciences: Charles G. Clarke, 
Farciot Edouart. Thomas T. Moon- 
ton: short subjects: Jules White; 
public relations: Harry Brand. . 



some stunning looking roller wrens. 
Gals, apparently the cream of the 
rinks countrywide, are the cutest to 
play here in many months. Add the 
zip and grace of such stellarollers 
as Gloria Nord. Mickey Meehan. 
Melva Moreno, Lew Testa, etc.; line 
renditions by Ben Schwartz' gut- 
bucket-to-Chopin aggregation, of 
Frank Ventre's solid arrangements, 
and the nifty solo and ensemble 
chirping of Phil Marans. Paul Terry 
and Angela Bonne: Joan Pcrs:ine.tte's 
crisp costumes: Miss Foster's splashy 
staging and direction— and you've 
got a roller show that edges many 
of the blade shows seen here in the 
past off the track. . 

Standout of the product ion num- 
bers, closing the first half, is "De- 
sign for a Honeymoon." replete with 
Swiss costumes and belli infers, t el- 
lises and peasant carls fillrtl with 
props which emerge as a Swiss chalet 
and garden built by the line. Miss 
Moreno and Bobby Fox are an at- 
tractive team in this, although not 
too sure of themselves at the opener; 
and the blacklight effects are swell. 
It would be a much more solid closer 
than the present (lag dri'l. in whi-h 
eals sail down ramps on each side 
of the orch with b miners waving. 

Then there are those lerrif .-nlit 
jumps — tougher tahan on htailts be- 
cause of extra, woi eht of the wheels 
—by Miss Nord and Meehan in a 
misnamed minuet to Chopin's "Polo-' 
liaise." notable for rococo cnn'lclab'a 
spotted over the composition wal'- 
board surface, bouffant-skirted houi'is 
and two live fl"urinos. aho hfl'iD* 
skirted, held rlofl by Es.;orts hiilin-i 
un/'c.i' their skirts. 

Other highsnots are Lew Testa's 
clnvninf a la Frick & Frsck. tonncd 
with a thrilling slide up one of the 



setup, tax will total $375,000. leaving 
?Tl25,000 profit to stockholders. If 
there are not^more than five stock- 
hoJders i the personal holding taiCy 
fgoWun'c^^Tfectr^with Govcrnmrni" 



grabbing a tax of $1,275,000. leaving 
$225,000 lor the stockholders, or a 
loss of $900,000. 

Price-Waterhouse and other cer- 
tified public accountants have al- 
ready sent out letters to clienls 
warning them of the ruling that is 
expected shortly. Approximately 100 
such corporations have been formed 
in Hollywood and New York (luring 
the past few years, and not all will 
qualify to continue under capital 
gains regulations. Latter type of 
structure to lessen taxes and permit 
the individual to retain larger por- 
tion of his earnings became popular 
several years ago. , . 

Jock Whitney was among the lust 
to start such a corporation in Holly- 
wood. SAimicl Goldwyn. Eddie Can- 
tor. Hunt Stromb3rg, David O. Selz- 
nick. Bing Crosby, Andrew Stone, 
Frank Borzage, Frank Capra. Pat 
O'Brien and many others have used 
capital .g;'ins as a method of keeping 
a good part of their earnings. 



KAYS A 33D DEGREE MASON 

Will H <ys, just recently, retell as-' 
Million Picture Producers & Di& 
tribulors Assn. prexy, to be special 
consultant, was honored la.-', wnk 
by being made a 33d Degre-j Scottish 
Mason. He and two other lixljiuia 
men were thus honored in Bos'.n'i 
for outstanding achievements. 

Other two were General Murk 
Clark and Herman Wells, IiKiiana. 
Cniversily prexy. 



Wednesday, October S, 1945 



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PICTURES 



P^riEty 



Wednesday, October 3, 1945 



Literati 



-Nazis' Dossiers on U S Newsmen 

* Found in G'oob'oo's bliizccl-out 
headquarters in Berlin was a com- 
plete dossier on George Lait, the for- 
/tier INS war correspondent, deseribr 
jog his KnO-Nazi writings in Buenos 
Aires papers .i ibpously the Nazis,' 
listening post); The record eontr 
plriely descriois hi.; -having ; lie< n 
wounded twice while at the: various 
fronts. 

Similar records- tin Scymou.r Bo:k- 
s.:n, INS chief. :ii)d the late \C Jorge, 
iiargravry. who t. s been dead three 



thing*. 1 was discussing Henry James 
and she was prattling about Harry 
James, v. 



Inez Robb, George Lait. Lt. Col. Vin- 
cent Sheean, Ira Wolt'ert, Richard 
Tregaskis, Pierre J. Huss, Robert St. 
John, Martin Agronsky, S Sgt.. Al- 
vin M. Jnsephy, el al.) which 
Cowles' Look lirsl published. It's now 
in book form, under McGraw-Hill 
t Whittlesey House; $2.50) reprint 



Pix As Evidence At Nazi Trials 



— Continued from page 1 , 



y«*rs, 
INS fi! 



Sit re l'o- 
sivcial •-" 



Latter was 



"I .took us 20 minutes' to get' correspondents, 
straightened out, and to this day she | b,h>)v was pro-planned by Cowles, 
is convinced I am a talent scout lor buying the 34 pieces at regular mag 
Gaumont-Brltish". 'rates $150-S200 each) and then pay- 

Pix-i'olks' special jargon, reporter [ ng an outright $25 for the reprint 
said, results in things like this: "You rights in the anthology. It's good 
may atart out bravely talking about ! radius.' '< ' AM. 
Universal: Peace, but in 10 minutes i • ;. ■ . . V . 

the subject has switched to Univcr- | •• The Hard Way to Write 
sar-Piatures. Only if- few weeks ago |, stavis . satil . e 011 Army red 



evidence being expected to be 'intro- 
duced. He was for 15 years with 
Fred Scrsen, the "special photo- 
with appropriate biogs of the war | Rl . aphic effects'- expert of 20th Cen- 
tury-Fox Film. Both as a Naval of- 



ficer and as an expert film tech- 
nician, Lt. Kellogg will certify 
for the United Nations that none of 
the films are raked or anything but 
stark-, realism in all its brutal 
aspects. <•,:■*. 

rt is said that the United Nations 
has cinematic evidence of a calibre 
which, has been reported as even 



n actor told me in all s^riausne-is j ; ' ; — ^ Commantl .. >vas ; making high Arlry officers unable 



E«ib Stem to Paris 

Eob S'.ern, who hw betn N. Y. 
correspondent for the Paris: edition 
•of the N. Y. Harald-Tribuiie, flies 
ever Oct. 6 far a couple of months' 
slay to see how the Paris-N. Y. 
liaison is working out. Stern was a 
longtime French resident and for- 
mer!.'!' represented "Variety" in 
Bar-is,- but is now headquartered in 
Nt.w Yoi'k. ••..'• • .. '■'■■■■.< 



of the main courtroom, with two 
cameras in each, through a slit one- 
foot high. One will be moyie, the 
other still. Lensers from the four 
powers, by lot, will rotate the four 
corners of the room so as to insure 
equality on camera angles. They 
will also pool everything. 

The projection booth will be from 
b,...k of the judges' bench, onto a 
curtain in mid-courtroom so that 
1ooth sides can view what's pro- 
jected. Press reporters and fotogs 
will be on the balcony. Of the 500- 
clipacily courtroom, half will rep- 
resent the world's press at the 
greatest trial in history. The orig- 
inal courtroom size was 200 but a 



that, the atomic bomb has 'terrific' tW^'^^ '^i^iii'^ .['to stomach it. An idea: Nazi- bull- 
picture possibilities! What can you ] ctei.ted m unique lastuon m an i shoveImR heaps upon heaps 
do with a guy like that'.'" j Army hospital when Stavis, sunermg \ . f bl)(ijes of their victims, as if they . 

V ''. ; | a ' -.spinal injury, was strapped a,1 « i i wcr« si> much rubble. It's of stuff j wall was knocked out so as to more 

NY Sun's Victory Dinner [immobilized in a traction at an Army J which tiwlxv f s the starkest evidence than double the capacity 
The 'editorial start or the N. Y. j hospital. Unable to move. . s <- avl * I of the current trial of Josef Kramer, 
at a Victory din- composed the chapters m his heaa ., lne "beast of Belsen" and Oswieeim 
Advance rcserva- and reworked and memorized them, concentration camps. • 

In the evenings he dictated to a , of Sue* Films 

nurse. Book, with Intro by Sgt. Ma- • • . ,(,„•-.. ■' .' , , . 

rion Hargrove, and cartoons by Sgt. 'There are over 20 hours of such , 
Leonard Sansone. was published last: hlms wh.ch have never 

Saturday ,29 > by Bernard Acker- I been shown before. They run over 



Ilynd's Freelancing? 

Alan Hyri.d, author and writer of 
magazine articles and fiction has quit 
«s contributing editor of Coronet 
after two years on the masthead. 
He. will freelance, being agented by 
Barbara Brandt, who recently re- 
Bigned as associate editor,of Coronet. 
Hynd, who wrote under his own and 
three pen names, hung up a Coronet 
recerd for being prolific, often aver- 
aging a story a: 'week and once ap- 
pearing four times in one issue, and 
three times in several issues. 



Those Ceeklaileries 

Chicago, Oct. 2. 
Reporting on a cocktail party put 
on by United Artists here for Paul- 
ette Goddard and Burgess Meredith, 
■which he'd attended, Syd Harris of 
the Chi Daily News reported last 
week that he's "strictly a frost at 
these affairs" because, among other 
things, "since the actor (or actress) 
is completely bored with any topic 
outside his (or her) immediate ca- 
reer, this makes for a nasty situa- 
tion from the start.'' 

Once, Harris continued. "1 thought 
1 was getting along swimmingly with 
on actress when I suddenly discov- 
ered we were talking about different 



Sun will unbend 
ner Saturday <•>> 

tions indicate 'that the second floor' 
contingent will report in full for 
this assignment, and the Dewart 
boys, publishers of the paper and 
back in civvies again after Army and 
Navy service, will sit down with the 
help at the sirloin saturnalia. 

Bill Heinz of the sports page and 
first of the Sun's war analysts to re- 
turn to. the Chambers street. ;< N. Y.I 
fold, may feel called upon to point 
up some of the more hectic angles 
of his late European adventure 
which never showed in his copy. 
Spam, lor instance. The deadline. for 
cocktails will be at (5:30 sharp. 

'.-•,' .Toe Laurie, Jr.'s Eeef 
Joe Laurie, Jr.. claims the Ameri- 
can Mercury cds ritzed him and 
ruined his summa cum laude stand- 
ing as a "Variety" mugg by insert- 
ing such adjectives as "lachrymose," 
"formidable" and "lethargic'' in his 
article on Tom Shows in the. current 
(Oct.) issue. Joe admits he doesn't 
know what the words mean, Aside 
from that, the article "The Thea- 
tre's All-Time Hit" . is an. engrossing 
(another anti-Laurie word l account 
of that phenomenon. "Uncle Tom's 
Cabin." and its amazing run from 
1852 to 1931, including one season 
when there were over 200 shows 
out at one time.' 



man, with first printing of 25,000 
copies. .;'.■•■''. 



■ •' CHATTER ' 

. Zero Moslel sold book of short 
stories, "Don't Tell Harry," to Arco 
Publishing Co. 



120,000 feet and because of the vol 
time the International Military Trib- 
unal will be show n but l'i hours of 
it first, and then will have a second 
"show" running another hour. These 
have, already been edited and as- 



Lt. Kellogg laid out the room? 
wiring it so that all interlocking 
rooms are connected by phones—- 
another safety measure— and also 
designed the booth layout and light- 
ing. 

The fluorescent lighting is im- 
portant because it's all now so ar- 
ranged that the. dignity of the court 
will never be disturbed, no (lash- 
light giins will be necessary for still 
or. soundfilm recording. Likewise,' 
the . booths Will muffle all camera 



.. noise, and the radio mikes on the 
sembled by the Hollywood experts b . llc()l1 win . i ikew i se be sound- 
• use by former U. S. Supreme \ t • 



Zel Roseh'shiftiniE to Hollywood ' w USe , by ■ ""'T',' "' S bu P reme proof. (All networks of alt nations 
Noel Busch shilling to Jioliywooa court Justice Robert H. Jackson. r ; .„: _ ,- th ,, , , -. rt - rt th 

write close-ups of film person- | wh4 with ' General. William J. f'WiW. Z&*T? ' ? 



to 

alities for Life mag. 



I Bill") Donovan <is alternate, are 
Sgt. Jimmy Cannon, ex-Stars and ! the jurists representing the United 
Stripes, now out and slated to join j States. 

the N. Y. Post as sports writer. , The . -flint record includes many 

John Richmond has colorful ar-. captured Nazi films of a type which 
tide on Joe E. Howard.' "the ageless they used to intimidate their neigh- 
mihstrcl," in current (Oct,) Ameri- boring powers into subjugation, such.j ',',•'*' Xyar '"w\v 

William P. Gaines, vet newsman 
and editor, is now managing "editor 
of Airways'Traveler, a. mag of Henry 
Publishing Co. 

Howard Dietz's nifty profile on 
Edd:e Dowling as the "Cosmopolite 
of the Month" in the September 
Cosmo. Dietz also plans one on 
George S. Kaufman; 

Bennett and Phyllis Gerf aren't 



s Norway, which they conquered 
without firing a shot alter the Quis- 
lings -were- impressed with the Nazi i 



world. ) 

There is no question that, for 
some psychological reason, which is 
principally explained as war-weari- 
ness, not only the Anglo-Saxons, 
but. even the more realistic French 
md Russians are more, passive about 
than Americans Will 



possib ly' be two or three years 

hence, after they digest" their read- 



.' i justment to the peace. That's why. 
war super only and power. This , , 8 ib ^ of the United Nation? 
captured I. m was run down bj j pr ^ c |fc minimize any of 

scripter Bucd Schulberg (son of vet- , ,. . , . , --. .... ., »f . 

eran film producer B. P. Schulberft) ^ brutal aspects of, the Nazis m 

-i iT the slightest, 
in Switzerland, where a Dr. .lacoby. ... * n_-. = .iit 1 ,„ iq.o 

a Berlin attorney, with a staff of 30 • i„" ■ J , ,, 

refugees, has been editing it. Ifs-j ,^» 1:t ^ .H'dee-advoeates recall 
from the Wchrmaehfs film library. lhat atXcv . World War I some 1.500 
and it is to the U. S. Government's wa criminals were cut down only 
kidding about their forthcoming j regret that still' more valuable pix !'^" ht be,n «. actually brought to ., a. 
1, second) child being their last. It ! were .destroyed unwittingly by the i ? . eom ^"j c d time served of all 
will be. called "Phinale" (finale). Russian soldiers who didn't realize c '« ht w , as 1 - yp!lrs - «l nfl 111 t*<-">mc 
I They have a' son, Christopher. j what: they had captured. ^national _ heroes thereafter, as 

Fawcett Publications' combined | OSS. and . Army-Navy^ oir^als.j U who 0 „ „ 1C 

n „ ,-' n ( H|1 . .; trick effects of 20tii-Fox's llim pro- 
lived their j dllclion of Dante's "Inferno" and, 



"Fave War Story" 
"My Favorite War Story" is a 

breezy compilation of 2+ ''true talcs ' c i^°laiions m7' reported aV'ujIOO,- i P oi ' nt U P thaf* what" they "call 

by lormer war reporters .Ernie 000> ot whicn Tnlc< onc of ils MCW .' bcrmg boys (Gfs working 

Pyle, Stelan Heym, Larry LeSueur, est had bocn , at -jj 70000 but • military film labs) have 



ifniffffirfTTUfirrTJitUfi ti/Zf 



frrrYi f iff Tf 



A tenter, romantic novel that stirs 




will be extended when paper eases. 

Grayson Pub. Co. states the first 
prihtinj 
Berle's 



exit from the service until the Nazi 



| .war criminals 



tried. All have 



enough points to get out but. having 



as he puts it. "wc had to make it all 
pretty horrible." says lhat the Nazis' 
j real-life infernos were never like 




by ETHEL LE VANE 



It HtifED make Sinatra. It made the composer famous. 
Now a great song becomes the theme of a lyric, 
romantic novel glowing with the laughter and tears of 
American show business . . . The story of the lovely 
leader of on all-girl band, and of the haunting melody 
lho» grew oul of her tragic love. 

AT All tOQKSTOMS. $2,00 

GiAMiRCY PUIUSHING CO., 4W FOURTH AVENUI, N Y. U 



mmmmmmum 



of 30,000 copies of Milton j sccn j hu nims— rfiany are now as- I ! ,M V lh: "g Dante or Hollywood could 
"Out of My Trunk" has been I sis( . lnt cu ^r» and the like— their i i:on i' ul ' c - United Nations authorities 
sold out before publication, and that:! j i-e' is such that they -ire staying j n j -agree lhat only the vivid cinematic 
| a second edition is- now on the t. A rmy-Navy seCvicc- until ' justice j. s j ^'"''d will impress that. . 
presses. j done. "You work only 10 hours with I AJ»Pd officials are aware that al- 

Lconard Sitomcr has moved from (these films and you dedicate every-.;": 51 "/ lhe atrocity stories are back- 
William Morris. Agency publicity to : tiling to win the peace." is the w;iy ' 1 " lho " paper " ews : the "lefs-get- 
rpry department. He'll ! one official puts it. 

U. S. military »Mtt^i^» m ^re^^ s '''?i^^ : ^'' • '' "*- p *"- * , "tlk.\ t i&-»-'-*< : 

aware that certain public opinion 
would "have the blankety-blanks 
stand up against the wall and save 
because 



■ ha ■ 



that outfit. 

Richard L. Weber resigned as as- 
sistant director of'lpublic relations 



I. advertising 
! Transatlantic Art: 



public relations for 
N. Y. 



the-boys-home" Cry 
and even General 



is dominant; 
Eisenhower's 



s military authorities are i -lefs" show ^ me'&oV.iiam?' wTat mintT^* 



Moscow 

International Military Tribunal was 



good 

fellows we are." and the conlinued 
Displaced Persons camp conditions 
in Germany, get the brushotl'. I Ike's 
removal. 



Mrs. Rudy Elie, Jr. met her Navy first formulated, it is now a crime 



correspondent-husband in New 
York last night (Tues). after his re- 
turn from Hawaii, where the Boston 
Herald newsman has been" head- 
; quartered over six months. 
I Theodore Irwin, "for last four years I 
i associate editor of Look, is now exec I 
j editor of the Farrell group— The i 
I Woman, Everybody's Digest and In- j 
tevflational Digest. Latter two going 
: monthly shortly after' a sesh a.s ciiiar- ; 
,■ terlics because ()f paper, shortage, 
i Football Form, a new 



for anybody to have started a war, 
and a fair trial is guaranteed. 

This comprehensive cinematic and 
radio record is for all time, to teach 
the world the fallacy of war. Into 
the archives of every nation, on 
wire-recording, will go a complete 
record of the major war criminals' 
trial where the crimes of one nation 
are fried by four other major 
powers. 

This will be a tedious procedure 
but it will be fair 'and . honest, as it 
football | will be thorough. The lour powers, 
M, Ross | utilizing three languages (French. 



• It is not generally known that 
there are four separate categories of - 
trial. One, the traitors, like Quis- 
ling, who are returned <to the coun- 
tries tiiey betrayed and tried in 
civil courts there. (2) Specific 
criminals who are returned to the 
areas, where their specific crimes 
were committed, for trial, such as 
when the Nazis were returned for 
I trial to Kharkov. (3) Straight, milir . 
I :ary trials for violations of the 
: Geneva.- The Hague and all the 
other international laws .Of warfare; 
(md tried where caught, as Josef 
■ Kramer, the- "beast of Belsen." . 
I And (4) the major war 



weekly, preems with M. 

as editor. Contributors will in- j Ru!4Taiv'and"English1, U \Wn S try'aTifth ffuf T^r fm " :, «« ressi ve war aiul 

■ elude Ned Brown of P, Leonard ! power, .which' employs another i ,-, , ns °" u11 opposition : by 
Lewin of the N. Y, Daily Mirror, | tongue (German). These four powers i „"1 -- ' economic and religious 

■ Louis Ell-rat of the N. Y. Times and i already are committed to educating I P> <?f sure. - The ringleaders/ whose 
Lew Burton of the N. y. Journal- | that fifth nation (Germany) how to \ .i a , re so al| -ombracing that 
American. - ■ - possibly live in peace with the world Kn7 ^".i p /? per1y c, osi«niitecl into 

Maurice (Duke) Moran, vet Pitts- t of the future. The Nuremberg trials " • ? thcr three .groups, fall 



burgh newspaperman who was in the i wi " he 'a blueprint, of course, for 



AP o'll'iee there before going into' the 
service as a combat correspondent in 
the marines,, has. received an honor- 
able discharge from the service and 
been assigned to the AP office fin 
Vienna, Moran served in the South 
Pacific for two years. • 

Helen CoUon has five show biz 
pieces due in national mags. One on 
Sidney Skolsky comes out in This 
Month: another on press, clip bu- 
reaus due in The Woman; one on 
Hollywood in She; a Kurt Kreuger 
profile in Modern Screen; and a 
story on the M-G-M green man in 
Toronto Star Weekly. Scribe i,s also 
writing chapters on motion pictures 
for a series of D. C. Heath text- 
books. \ 



the .laps eventually. 

This mcticulousness may be ridic- 
ulous to some, but the United Na- 



into this major category. 

Civilian One Day 

After four years in the service. Lt. 
- e p e 'i°f, wi) s a civilian for one day, 
lions w ant no one ever to char«e I ^ P *X - a,ld then brought back by 
they were "unfair" trials ^at f S'lH* ; '^ ! *^ ,,i,0 "^" 1|nto <"Httory Wtivi.' 
why the Nazi war criminals not only 1,1 order to testify. He returns, to 
have' German civilian lawyers but ' ;; l "' e ' r ' bei ' g »ext week after having 
Allied military advocates as well to pj— set up a denatured short, "That 
defend them. . • .'' \ , Justice Be Done," which the War 

Nuremberg was chosen as a site • Activitics Committee of the Motion 
for a reason other than it .'was the '.j 'Picture Industry, through Metro, 
origin of tho infamous Nuremberg "''" distribute next week. It ouotes 
laws. Its large courthouse has a jail Tllomas Jefferson's pledge of "eter- 
uext:door. connected by under- ' nal hostility against every form of 
ground passage. This minimizes both j hostility over the nu'nd of man." It 
chance ror escape or vengeance— ) reviews the" Nazi hierarchy a.s de- 
most ly the latter, j liberate murderers and cites Hitler's 
A blueprint of the courtroom as lone promise that he kept, which was 
show n "Variefy." discloses 7 x 7-foot to "remove millions who stood in the 
booths in each of the four corners [way of the Nazi will." 



Wednesday, October 3* 1945 



25 





M G Ms "WEEK-END AT THE WALDORF" 
IS THE BIGGEST ATTRACTION OF YEARS! 

W WATCH RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL WORLD PREMIERE! 

wi* XAVIER CUGAT and his ORCHESTRA • EDWARD ARNOLD • P.HYLUS THAXTER • KEENAN WYNN 
ROBERT BENCHLEY * leon ames • una romay • samuel s. hinds • a Robert z. Leonard Production • pi oy by s™ an di.iia sp«wa<* 

Adaptation by Guy •ol.on • Suggested by a Play by Vicki »aun, • An M-G-M Picture • Directed by ROBERT Z. LEONARD - Produced by ARTHUR HORNBLOW, Jr. 

Lct'a I'tmsh The Job! Victor* Lman . ..Oct. 2»— {fee. 9 



Wednesday, OcIoImt 3, 1915 






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as as ^ 




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A high prke^lg^see a movie? Not a bit. 
For in thousands of theaters all over 
the country, when Americans paid $18.75 
and more to see a single show, the ad- 
mittance was really "on the house." 

To motion picture exhibitors— long 
accustomed to doing their bit in the in- 
terest of community undertakings — help- 
ing put over the War Loan Drives was a 



Pi : 




cheerfully accepted duty. The 1 5,618 free 
days which exhibitors gave "The Mighty 
7th" are fust a sample of this public spirit. 

The coming "Victory Loan" campaign 
can expect the same type of unselfish 
support. For in peace as in war, the mo- 
tion picture house continues as a modern 
counterpart of the. old* town meeting in 
spirit and in action. 



Eostman Kodak Company, Rochester 4, N, Y. 

], E. BRULATOUR, INC., Distributors 
FORT LEE CHICAGO HOLLYWOOD 



adv ertis«. mor1t ". b 
KODAK testifying t I 

the achievcnu-nts ol 

\X\il ">ovif" in p.; ceo 
. . . a- in wor 




WtdaesA*J, October 3. 1915 



PICTURES 



27 




Broadway 



VNeil. Hamilton I" N. Y. ana may 
. g» into it*." it 



Ariz., and an engagement with 
Charlie Wright's band at Santa Rita 
hotel.. 

Playwright Lawrence Riley, and 
his wile up from their home in West 
Virginia for opening of "Winter's 
Tale." ; . 

Allegheny County League of Wom- 
en-Voters will sponsor opening per- 
formance of "Ieeeapades" here on 
Oct. 25. • 



Chicago 



r 



Congress hotel'.; Glass Hat opens 
Oct. 5 with Milt Herth Trio fea- 
tured. 

Gus Van booked for return en- 
gagement of four weeks at the Vine 
Gardens starting Dec. 14;; 

Jitn Booth celebrated both his 20th 
wedding anni 'and his 10th year as 
cliief booker of the. Essariess" circuit 
last week 



York to resume producing at Repub- 
lic. " ; . '. .-.'. 

Barney Brisk m checked out of the 
hospital to recuperate at home; 
Virginia Hunter obtained release 
Hal and Lea Home at Saratoga • from her player contract at Metro. 
Springs on vacation. Eugene Zukor returned to Para- 

Mii«te Box Canteen in Greenw ich : mount after four years in the Navy, 
vm' -e sutlers Nov. 30. Ar.dy Russell and Delia .Morel] 

• V,I,J '\„ •-"' *. ... ,,.„,„ i,, ,f.„ , announced Oct. 23 as their wedding 
.lack Warner due in from the Co.ts^ f .. iv . , • - * 6 

by the end of the month, :'■ 'j_.' o| . Natn " an .'; Levinsoh ' celebrated 

Hal Hunter, new label for Jack i,j s ^tlth year as. sound director for 

Powell. Jr., sighed for "Slightly He. - Warners. 

feet." '''"'-.- '.'■'.-■' v '-.' v I ' Ray Mil. land -going. to Rio de .la- 

Jack Goddard now operates Saw- ; Metro wheifc he. winds up his current 
dust Trail. ■having bought out Jimmy , tilm chore. '. I last week .'.-'■.:„. 

rjLvef ■ •■ -'.:'' Francis Alstock. of the Office of j Mary Ann Gudsm. former assist- 

r- i - ' M.WAM • WTrii'ht i-eliiriim" to 1 Inte: -American Affairs, shoved ofV j ant to Ken Carpenter of the Treas- 
' ri ;t we » with Genera IJov' l ' »»•'' Washington. • ury. Dept.. has joined up with Jack 

5 l t i-H . General . '>p.\ ., i j Lj<.„t Max Uercutl. Raw liaison Hess' publicity office. 

a. Loin. . with USO-Camp Shows, goes on the! Harry Cool orch being held over 

Owen Davis,; Jr., in civvies after . T j. tjroa | ist 0 ct. IS. . i. again at the Blackhawk for the new 

more , than 3% vyears in i ArmJ '.in- William Holden. now. in eivies, I show, which includes Lady Ethel, 
tetligente., . .. vacationing at Palm Springs with his I Or. Jester and the Novellos. . 

Paul Benjamin, National Screen wife. Brenria Marshall. : Newly formed Chicago chapter of 

exec, has had plans drawn for a ! Dale Evans to Las Vegas to open | the Tub Thumpers of America are 
home in Miami. . [ a four-week singing engagement at | holding first Thumpersbord dinner at 

Madv Christians "I Remember f ine Last Frontier hotel.. the Morrison hotel on Oct' 9. . 

M ima'' lead writing her autobiog i Arihur Rubinstein left oil a three- I G.eorgeV Olsen's orch and Borrah 
for Whilllesev House • I month tour which includes a concert I Mmevitch's Harmonica Rascals head 

1 at Carnegie Hall Oct. 28.-A | new "Holiday Revue" in the Empire 

Waller Wanger named trustee of j Room of the Palmer house opening 
e Georgia Warm Springs Fouilda- Nov. 15 
, lion for infantile paralysis. ..'-■;. 
.loser Chermaysky planning to pro- .! Danvl Zanuck tossed a luncheon 
dure a farce with songs, • Oh.. l-MUfr Edwin Paulev, U. S. member of 
Melody, early next spring. the Reparations Committee. 

Howard Smith back in "Dear Ruth" j Jane Rvssell shoved off for Cleve- 
• (Miller.! cast after two months' leave land wlie re her husband. Bob Water- 
in Hollywood on a pie for Warners. tlefd, is playing pro football. 

Earl Carroll, in town, last week ; Orson Welles will do a bit ! role, as 
was accepted by an Insurance com- ! * magician, m 'The Sin of Harold 
tally for an additional : $100,000 life ] Diddlebock for Preston Sturges. 
nuliev. ! Lorena Danker, widow of Danny 

Danker, appointed to the Beverly 
Hills Philharmonic concert commit- 
tee. 

Bruce Newberry. Republic's new 
sales exec for India aud Australia, 
in to wit for- buddies with Herbert J. 
Yates. 

Hedy Lamarr. Jack Chertok and 
.Herb Meadows at Arrowhead Lake, j thrMunfeViiaTTheaA* Assn". Sponsor 

Sid Goldman, who was back with working on the script of "Strange i -v ,_ K, . 

"Winged Victory," out of the Army Woman." 

and again house manager of. the Ceil- '. Claire Trevor suing a real estate 
tor ("HatsOff to lee"). broker lor $22,614. claiming the 

It's now Lt. Col. Ira Genet. He's ; house she 
jus! been given the Bronze Star in j termites 
Rome. His wife is Georgette Car- I 



Personnel to Man Films Victory |? 
Loan Converging on N Y. Hdqtrs. 



Studio Contracts 



Hollywood, Oct. 2. 
Mel Dinelli, writer, Vanguard. 
Bob Graham, actor, Paramount. 
James Brown, actor, Paramount. 
Bob Stanton,; actor, 20th-Fox. 
Linda Stirling, actress, Republic. 
Yakima Canutt, director. Republic. 
Faye Marlowe, actress, 20tlr-Fox. 
.Tack Rose, writer, Paramount. 
Frank Tashlin, writer, Paramount, 
Cornel Wilde, actor, 20th-Fox. 
Patricia Knight, actress, 20lh-Fox. 
John Wayne, 'actor-producer. Rep. 
Doris Dudley, "actress, Metro. 
Faye Marlowe, actress. 20th-Fox. 
Wanda Hendrix, actress, Warners. 



A tablet in memory of the late 

S^X^-^*' •••••• •••=• 



policy. 

•Horace MacMahon finishing wiih 
USO's "Fiin F'ollics." which has been 
touring Army hospitals for three 
months: 

Bill Vodery. chorus master of 
original "Show Boat" production, to 
handle similar chores for forthcom- 
ing revival. 



Alfred de Liagre. Jr.. producer of 
"Voice of the Turtle;" and Mrs. 
de Liagre were here, for the play's 
birthday party Saturday night (29 1 
at the Ambassador East hotel. 



Si. Louis 



By Sam X. H«irst 

Nick Lucas currently at Club 400, 
midlown niterv. 

"He Who Gets Slapped" skedded 
for presentation at the Roof Top 
theatre. 

Entertainment Enterprises. Inc.. is 
sponsoring Ballet Russe in the Henry 
W. Kiel auditorium (24-25-26). 

J;:cob M. Lashly reelected prez of 



WB's Fox, Phdly, Back 
To 20th-Fox; Warners 
Also Drops 2 Nabes 

In addition to two minor neigh- 
borhood houses in Philadelphia which 
Warner Bros, is giving up the end 
of, November, circuit is vacating the 
Fox. important downtown first-run 
in that key. tomorrow night (Thurs- 
day >. indicating possibilities that WB 
is diminishing its extensive opera- 
tions in Philly. WB officially .states 
the two nabes are being relin- 
quished due to inability to make 
satisfactory lease renewals. 
The Fox. waling 2,250, and y^.W'er, chairman ttoj^-ood^.Vie. 



Personnel to man the forthcoming 
Victory Loan drive of the motion 
picture industry began moving full- 
force into the War Activities Com- 
mittee headquarters in N. Y. over 
the weekend. Charles Thall will 
represent Charles P. Skouras. re- 
gional chairman for the West Coast;/ 
Paul Levi .will represent Sam Pinan- 
ski, "regional head tor New England; 
Joseph Ryan will represent John 
Fried); regional chief for the nation's 
central area: and Herman Schleier 
represents Harry Brandt, eastern 
chairman.- Two other liaison men 
will be named before -the week-jis 
out. '.•'.-• 

Drive Runs From Oct. 29 to Dee. 8 

1 our more indie exhibitors have 
accepted state chairmanships, mak- 
ing a total of 6(i now serving . this 
bond drive. New . additions' are: 
Maryland co-chairmen. J. Lawrence 
Sehanberger and Laurilz Harman, 
both of Baltimore, with co-chair- 
men for Minnesota slated to be Gil- 
bert Nathanson and William Elsou, 
of St. Paul. • : 

The Victory Loan "cabinet" was 
completed last week with the ap^ 
pointment of Frank P. Rosenberg 
as national publicity director. He ■ 
will work-out of WAC headquarters 
on loan from Columbia. "Cabinet" 
how comprises Si Fabian, national 
chairman: Oscar A. Doob, campaiga 
director; Chick Lewis, campaign co- 
ordinator; Charles M. Reagan, dis- 
tributor chairman; Max "A. Cohen, 
asst. to national chairman: Louis' B. 



of the al fresco theatre in Forest 
Park. 

Ali members of the St. Louis^ymph 
orch who have been in the armed 
bought is infested with i service w ill be reengaged upon dis- 
' ■ I cj"! Qyjjt* 

Charles P. Skouras tossed a stag j Eusiene R. Wood, former v.p. of the 
ne.,1. author (both now reconciled), party for Ernest Turnoull. who is re- I g{ r 0l |j s Little Theatre Iris been 
M Brig Gen. Edward S. Creeiibaum. turning to Australia as managing di- ! appointed associate prof, of dramatics 
M. L. Ernsts law partner and w.k. in ! rector of Hoyts Theatres. . 'at Ithaca Collce Ithaca N Y 

show biz. awarded Distinguished ; - Frank Perrilt was guest of honor | 
Service Medal by War Sec'y Patter- ! at a farewell party tossed bv his'j 
*»"•■ . . : pals in the 20th-Fox. fiackcry. which 

Joe Franklin. Jr., whos father i he is leaving after 14 years. .' 
heads the Franklin ft Hersrhorn : Olive Del Ruth test a decision in j 

her alimonv suit against Roy Del 

Ruth, in which she asked a raise Harrisbtirg, Pa. Oct. 2. 

from $916 to 81.200 a month. I The Sunday movie question is a I 

Tudor Williams appointed to the dead issue here for at least two 

"'-'years 



by a subsidiary of National Theatres, 
Which in turn is controlled by 20th- 
Fox. is part of a 16-story office 
building, which has been under 
lease to WB since 19.16. George P. 
Skouras. president of Skouras The- 
atres Corp., will operate, with Har- 
old Seidenberg remaining as local I consultant; Tom Baily is Washington 



tory Committee, and co-chairmen. 
Skouras, Brandt, Pinanski. Friedl, 
Gi-rffith and Bob O'Donnell. , 

Henry Ginsberg is western co- 
chairman on industry sales, with 
Sam Schneider same post in the 
east. Herman 'Robbing is special 



theatre chain in Canada, in and out 
of N. Y. on a holiday and business, 
Willi Mrs. F. " v 
. It.. (j.g,i Gene Kelly making a 
training picture for the Nnvv at As- 
toria. I a . I. Assigned here for two 
weeks, then back to Washington 
where he's stationed. 
Runis. etc., have taken a hi-.' m.-ir- 



Sunday Films Out In 
Harrisburg 2 MoreTrs. 



kel drop in anticipation of French I eral sales manager, was principal 
wines and cognac flooding Hie. U. S. f speaker at the first Open Forum 
niarkel, Ditlo*ihc Spanish and For- ■ meeting spousoied bv the Southern 
tuune^e brandies have dipped sharp- California Theatre Owners -Associa- 
Jy in 'price, ; nvi„ 

"Axis Sally." the Italian road com- 
pany of "Tokyo Ro>- 



Screen. Actors Guild Bftrrd of ui- . years following the State Supreme. 
K4S X °yK l g«-f.- aff irmation of the Dauphin 

! County Courts ruling that the pix 
referendum may not be put on (he 



work. 

William F. Rodgers. Metro's gen- 



Bob Taplinger, while in the Navy 



Harri.-burg voting machines on Nov 
6. because the petitions requesting 
the referendum were not in proper 
le«»l form. 
The' ruling, however, came too 



.VI, III. 11 I.KIvllllIM- 1J\1 M inUlING, I i WIl.IV. l.i H'.. ..... • ^ . . ., , , ,, . , , , 

ise." is_Rita Louisa I hj.d leased his Bel-Air home on a; atojo halt rcferendiims in the out- 



manager. Skouras operates the 
United Artists Theatre Circuit, con- 
trolled by Joe Schenck and others, 
as well as his own circuit of houses 
in the Greater N. Y. area and sur- 
rounding territory. 

Fox. Philly, under Warner opera- 
tion, has played 20th-Fox product 
mostly, with some outside pictures 

to (ill, but not many bearing the j W g Pjx j anet Sawver; of 
Warner trademark. Fox, will handle fan mags 

The two lesser nabe houses, con- | HeJen Gwvnn. of Warner.-^ as mag 
trolled by iocal^interests, whicMi^WB J and newspaper planter. Eel Goff, 

of Fabian th rent res in Richmond, is. 



liaison; Bill Ornstein handles trade 
pre;* contacts; Si Seadler trade 
paper ads; Walton Anient nevvsreel 
rep., and Richard F. Walsh is chair- 
man of labor participation. ... 

Ed Schrciber is heading the cam- 
paign book staff, aided by Hei.ry 
Spiegel, Paul Walker, Harold Dau- 
ziger and George Ettinger of Colum- 

JQth- 
With 



dropping on Nov. .'10, are the New 
Park and the Jefferson. Last-men- 
tioned is closed. . 



U. NAMES AIDING 
CAN/S VICTORY LOAN 



.'fail -WkVRcTv 
Jfiieiir. She got four years in the 
Rnnie clink. 

Technical Rep. Josenh C. Shoa 
M'ho has been on duly with the Office 
3 Strategic Services- in India, re- 
tttmed to N. Y. lasi Wednesday .2«V.'i 
formerly 



now has returned to Columbia Picts (ions to the petitions had been 
a.s a Colin production aide. - ; raised there by church groups. 



Transport Problem 



Continued from page 1 



Faith and Samuel Herseiihoren, with 



„ -„ -frn rep for Willk'nv' ir.i ch™ 

Cogney Pfoducticus | B> ul Va " tu 

. Sgt. Ira Michaels' former booker Monetta Moore, local gal. singing j 

iov Columbia in the Army tln-e/S- with Zuttv Singleton's band on the , 

alxl-a'-hair year " has bee mi s eSri Corst. I Pan-American and American Export i the American stars' appearances to 

«Ut and alter a "month's vicatien will ; Dn Ferris, who was a "Yank" cor- . flying boats that brought them over, also include surrounding Canadian 
probably re'urii to f'ol He is a . respondent in the South Pacific, out , These, execs are .strictly also-ran to J talent. Visiting celebs are patriot- 
tlenhew of Lou Weinberg' circuit 1 ot "niforhi. ■ . , ■ \ any and ali government ofTcials who j ically giving their services ciiffo 

! John Perry. Belle Vernon theatre 



on loan to the WAC for tile duration 
of the drive. Irving Blumberg, 
with Warners in Philadelphia, is 
working with Doob, 

Irving Lftiser, general chairman 
of the N. Y. Area for WAC. will ' 
be aided during the Victory Loan 
.. Toronto. Oct. 2. 1 campaign by ah executive commit- 

Witli negotiations completed by ; tee comprising Harry Brandt. Max 

Toronto, snow oumiicss names ufip- ■ 3, j-dijian. Malcolm Kmgsborg. liar- 
ing to put over Canada's fort hcom- j ry Mandcl. C. C. Moskowitz, Sam 
ing Victory Loan drive next month j Kinzlcr, Fred Schwartz, and William 
include Brian Aherne. Alec Temple- j White. Harry Keller, of Universal, 
ton. Alan Young. Ralph Bellamy, j will be drive coordinator in n/Y., ! 
Lansing Hatfield. Thomas L. Thomas. I working under Morris Kiii/.ler, earii- 
Maggie Teyte, Frank Parker, Or- j paign director. ' ■ 
cheslral conductors will be Percy — ', 



sail's 



manager for Col. 



doing over on a I.oiK'on uuicki. 
ap'iears to be not too difficult, but 
gPtling back is tough. Too many 
Pmole marooned there, unable to 
gel a boat or plane accommodation-. 
«i n EXP*'' tohnny Greehhnt wife , , - 
on he MCA niterv agent She's Ehg-J r )'" m D ?"^ m J 
V a »d hasn't seen her family hi tm ' K< 9 V sl!1 f 
live years. 



owner. . is the GOP nominee for 
burgess there.. ' .-..'■ 

Accordionist Rcgina Peterson home 
rgain. aiier .11 months overseas toui 
in ii (ISO unit. 
Marv Antony, graduate in music 
U. has been added to 



rate priorities automatically. Nor Shows will be 



given here 



can Americans look to. British Over- j Massey Hall or studios of Canadian 
seas airplanes. Yanks' are supposed j Broadcasting Corp., latter with stu- 
dio audiences. All. shows will be 
carried by CBC's two national net- 
works. 



EVERYTHING'S OK WITH 
RK0B.0/S SEZ SMITH 



Joan C.niUield laid un wilh (hi. 
Roitvay divorced John 

"flillllS. 



Tliehna- Schnee. Tech drama grad. 
sii'ned by Max Gordon for role, in 
"Nexl II:' 11 Hour." 

J,.t- Herbert Joseph., son of local 
exhib, awarded Bronze . .Star, for 
p'ravei v in Europe. 

Michael Marlowe, 18-ycar-old: an> 
nouneer at WWSW, lia^i enrolled, as 
a freshman al Pitt: .' 
Cecil ..B. - DeMillc in' town for eou- 



SCOUl I 



locat.io 
of east of "Harvey 



for 



R-lward CI. Robinson vacalioni'n 
1 aim Springs. - 

i Wendell Corey , in from Broadway '.The Uhconquered 
A^ c ?'V l0!ifK: : '"'•- : ' ; - Janet Tyler.- of 

ivaoipiv Zukor visiting his daughter was J; net Bayly: when sire went to 
m i arson Ariz. Tech drama sciiool here/ 

nmiabella returned from France . Ben Kirk's brother. Marine Sgt. 
'i** motltei:/. i Te.-rv Kirk, liberated after ' three 

M.i.? T'" 1 McCoy returning to film | years in Jap prison camp. .. . 
yOi.K i about, Nov. 15,' - i Ike Sweenev. of local exchange, 

Jackie -Pale.v changiqL' her film voted loo RKO sale-nian in. the east 

' and gets S1.000 War Bond; 

Marcus Herman, head of UBO. flew 
hi from New York to have a look at 
rc(nThi<med Nixon theatre. 
Tommy- Rodvers . has quit un- 



to stick to Yank carriers and British 
lo British facilities. It all spells 
months and months of delay, 

American business men who came ' 
Over just before or just alter V-J 
Day "thought they were being en- 
terprising in getting the jump on 
their competitors but. now that they 
lace indefinite stranding oil the 
'S:'."»nri. most of the advantage will 
vanish as the expenses mount. Show 
fojks have not been slow to note 
the.-e. development'.'; .for talent fol- 
lows the coin.mercial . traveler and 
Jived untie!:' like conditions Grum- 
bling Yanks, are complaining Just 
now that a-thotiah otfcial red. tape 
iia's been, cut in the U, 'S.. (ougii reg- 
.ukitions control the London priority 



I 



issue, caving everybody argelv at . r 

,, -. , . i... i Pai amount i on Nov. 8. all proce 

the niercv.ol a single official. T hev , ,, ,. .. , T , ,, ',,1 

-.•, to the -lu id. - Following wil b 



"anie to LesheG,^. 

fnv- f X i"M dcl ' Kor<lil '» from London ; 
mi huddles at Metro. '• ''.':..'. i 

Leo Morrisi 



W~r," '""irjson to Chicago and 
WaMnngton on business. . 
•ftrSSP/ Bcr a e " naid SlOO.0,'10 foi 
Property on Sunset, blvri. - . 
Cu;, Lesst ''' and Mike Rosenberg to 
ym*» on a theatre deal. 
vni?,"""; 1 ,S ; "inders. film a-tres*, Vtti- 
\oroed William T. TaldwcU IT. ■ • 
• allies A. FitzPatrir-k tm- n nl'tev 
'liming travelogues in Em:l.-uui. ' 
roller Goelz. returned inmi Nov. 



iioulicing job at KQV and plans , to' 
go.w'.tii an eastern station. 

Violinist Mildred Kit man. Dliqucsne 
XT music senior, has iohied Youngs- 
'own. ().. S.vinphao.y Orch. 

Pvl. Kverelt Neilhilas been si'.tina 
m at pi'iLn wilh s 'veral local lianrls 
dm in-- t'loli nah I'niiii Caino I.e. Va. 
■ lluyii 'fully pulling out I'm Ti'c:son, 



aver that thi- is (he first obstacle 
to normal exchange of people be- 
twemi the two countries. :.' 

The sitiialion is about like "this: 
Big ,-hois can get through. But big 
.-hols d.i not make up tnlej'tiiitionat 
tr-ida. or inte.rnatloiril show busines'.. 



■ Chicago. Oct. 2. 

Just back from a swing av.umd 
his circuit. Frank B. Smith, Chi di- 
visional manager for RKO, reported 
that every house in his ., group" is 
showing an increase in receipts, over ' 
the preceding year, and that a 
further increase is in the 'air. 

Announcement is . contrary to a 
recent --misquotation attributed td> 
him.. that unemployment <if eel ta in 
.. groups formerly in war plants 
Smith Memorial Hos-pital, Skouras would decrease business to a great 
| Theatres Corp.. will launch an ex- ■ extent ' ■ 

I tensive campaign to raise funds 'and. ■' ' ILil_V •;' 

through its 68 houses in N. Y. and 
surrounding territory, hopes to come 
tlirough with S2.i0.000. 

Campaign by prexy Gporge. P. 
Skouras will be launched with a 
tout-hour benefit stageshow- at tivs 
Rivoli. N. Y. (operated by Skouras- 

eds 
be a 



George P. Skouras' 250G 
Goal for Al Smith Hosp 

Cooperating with the Archdiocei-e 
of Y. in erecting an Alfred E. 



Elevator Strike Stal's ' 
Con, I' Hms' Merger Meet 



Delay in getliug prcxics in, 
; blamed on the elevator strike lest 

• Week, prompted an adjournment of 

• the special meeting .of Coo-fblitfatedl; 
Film industries' stockholder.^ from 

» last Friday (281 until Oct! 19 Viite 
i on plan to. merge .and consolidate 
Republic Pictures and consolidated 
| with Setay: Co., wilt be taken, then, 
j The ; surviving, -corporation' will he 
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life bi'Hiud a total blacktni!. . ■ releaseu . in Deteinbei', DHL | service. ' 



succession of theatrical events in the 
other Skouras theatre.-'. .-'. 

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Piihdro Berman's first aud only. 



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PICTURES 



29 



Todd-U 

Continued from page 3 



reserve by him with a view to pro- 
ducing it 'independently. 7 

It's B departure for a New York 
showman to thus ride both the legit 
and the cinematic hurdles coinei- 
dentally, each independent of the 
other. U has no call on Todd's legit 
activities; through financing or other- 
wise, but there .is a 50-50 split on 
Todd's pix via U. In exchange he 
brings (1) the Ferber property to 
Universal; and (2) Todd will main- 
tain a completely self-contained east- 
ern talent and production setup 
which will be ceaselessly scouting 
for his film production unit. 

Sidney Piermont, on talent, and 
Bob Downing, on stories, plus other.'!, 
will extend their quests for Todcl'.s 
film, activities,, but, are primarily 
focusing on his legit shows which 
tills season comprise a lengthy 
schedule, such as Bobby. Clark .; in 
••The Would-Bc Gentleman": Mau- 
rice Evans in "Hamlet"; Al Jolson's 
return to the stage in "Oh Susanna": 
and the Orson Welles-Cole Porter 
musical. "80 Days," based on Jules 
Verne's "Around the World in 80 
Days." A Bert Lahr musical and a 
music-drama-dancc work by Jerome 
Morross and John Latouche also are 
on- Todd's legit agenda. He has "Up 
in. Central Park," currently at the 
Broadway theatre, and is closing for 
the International (nee Cosmopolitan), 
on Columbus Circle, N. Y., as a musi- 
cal theatre, possibly to house the 
• JoJ.-qn show. 

Todd's U tilm-sharing arrangement 
is on a sliding distribution scale, 
Which compares to Wanger's setup 
wilh the company. 



the theatre as a whole. The Guild 
claims it's lost several promising 
kids in recent seasons, and is afraid 
it will lose one or two more when 
its new tryout shows reach Broad- 
way and film scouts get a look. (It's 
not generally known, but the 
Guild recently spread the story that 
a lead in one of its present shows 
was blind in one eye, to scare Hol- 
lywood off on grounds the eye would' 
photograph badly. As it happens, 
the actor does have a slight cast.) 

The Guild feels that Equity should 
permit managers to sign players to 
contracts per se, instead of for 
specific shows; or roles: If other 
managers had players under such 
contract, and had no shows of their 
own. they'd go out and get plays 
tor them, and thereby keep them on 
the stage and not in films. The Guild 
is especially interested now because 
it wants to develop its Shakes- 
pearean company, and is - handicap- 
ped by present Equity contracts from 
assuring itself of a permanent act- 
ling group. The Guild is willing to 
sign three-year contracts with ac- 
tors.: and pay them even when 
they're not working. 

They feel they ought tp be al- 
lowed the same privileges as the film 
companies. They point out that no 
siage star has been developed since 
Helen Hayes- films have ' grabbed 
them off. Occasionally one comes 
back, a Katharine Hepburn or a 
Spencer Tracy, trt.it it's only tor a 
short time, as a guest. 



MOT's 'Basic English' Pix 

March of Time has completed four 
shorts on Basic English designed to 
teach foreigners, illiterates and oth- 
ers the fundamentals of the English 
longue. Dr. I. A. Richards, who co- 
authored the book on Basic English 
with C. K. Ogden, helped supervise 
the series. The tXvo authors gave 
M. of T. the right to make the series. 

Series is supposed to familiarize 
the unversed with 850 fundamental* 
English Words, thus theoretically 
enabling the viewer to speak English. 



SPG, SOPEG Fear Home-Office Distribs 
Starting to Cut Staffs Prematurely 



B' way Legit ired 



Continued from page 1 



signing, some of its new players to 
long-term contracts because of its 
unique setup.. . "• 

A little tired of the Alfred Drake- 
Celeste Holm-Joan Roberts situation 
^-developing talent which Holly- 
wood promptly snatches away—the 
Guild is taking steps to sign new 
players to two or three-year con- 
tracts on definite roles in their two 
companies of "Oklahoma!" and in 
"Carousel." This they're able to do be- 
cause they have three shows of long- 
run promise to work with. The 
shows are of the type that don't re- 
quire star's to start with, affording 
the Guild a chance to develop new 
young talent. And by the same 
token, hold on to them. Other man- 
agers are not so fortunate. 

Guild's Edge 

New players/are interested in sign- 
ing the Guild contracts because of 
the ehanccs for several roles, the se- 
curity of long plays, and a provision 
that gives them the summer off to 
make pix if they \vish. They'Ve ?!so 
*«?aKe : »i-^Sf^Ult^0^Wf^^*^. 
the* Guild setup affords. -Thus *iva 
Withers, who joined "Carousel" in 
the ensemble, and understudied Jan 
Clayton's lead role on her own. has 
filled in twice, then was also given 
four weeks subbing as Laury in 
''Oklahoma!'' and now is under con- 
tract as understudy to botli leads. 
Richard H. Gordon, who danced as 
Judd in "Oklahoma!'s" ballet, and 
also sang in the "Carousel" en- 
semble, then tried out for the speak- 
ing part of Judd, and now plays it 
in the national touring "Oklahoma!" 
company 

Harold Keel, originally subbing for 
John Raitt in "Carousel." now has 
the lead in the N. Y. "Oklahoma" 
company. Peter Birch, "Carousel's" 
leading dancer, has substituted as 
weli for the ballet Curly in "Okla- 
homa!.'' and now has contract for 
both. Diane Chadwick, a dancer in 
"Carousel/' was given the Maria 
Manton (Elsie) role in the Guild's 
touring "Foolish Notion." 

The Guild feels, however, that il 
Is hamstrung in protecting itself 
more completely and wants Equity 
to do something about it. as much 
for itself (the Guild) as for the 



Indie Films 

Continued from page 3 s^i 
chance for distribution if any di- 
vorcement of theatres eventuates, 
Not to mention the theatre building 
boom of two years hence, whether 
pre-faljricated or other modern- 
ized 1 versions of cinema construction, 
the-town-centres will be a coming 
thing, meaning plenty of parking 
space and lower realty values, since 
It's expected that theatres in off- 
evclybody will be driving next year 
onwards, 

The dearth of seasoned manpower 
is another factor. Anybody with 
any sort of production background, 
it is said, can get financing and 
releasing, assuming they can hook 
up on suitable story properties and 
talent. The talent is not the prob- 
lem it used to be because the stars 
too are eager to hitch their wagons 
to the capital-gains idea under the 
aegis of a smart independent pro- 
ducer. The freelance stars of an- 
other era. who were considered 
somewhat of lower caste than the 
contracted star, today are the envy 
of colleagues, as they can pick prop- 
erties and set up the best deals for 
His or her specialized services. 

Another factor: it's now expected 
that with studios like Hal Roach's 
turned back by the Army that' this 
will further make possible the ex- 
ler- ion of indie production activi- 
tit i, ' . . y"i>W,-.59}r2wl>?!( restricted 



Still Another Indie 

Sacramento. Oct. 2. 

New film producing company. 
Astra Attractions, Inc.. received in : 
corporation papers with permission 
to capitalize at $1,200,000. 

Listed as directors are C.-€^-Bur.r.. 
Joseph Baratti. Alfred Polocastri. 
Raymond K. Johnson, and Paul Clia- 
beau. • — - — 

Myers Aides - 'Alnerson'- 

HoJlywood. Oct. 2. 

Edward L. Al person has inked 
Zion Myers as associate producer oh 
a series of six pictures he will make 
independently for 20tlv-Fox release 
over a two-year period.. 

First of the six. "Black Beauty," is 
slated to start Nov. 12. > : 



Ryan Incorporates 

Sacramento. Oct. 2. 
Articles of incorporation were 
filed, here by Phil L. Ryan EMter- 
prises "to engage in the production 
of motion, pictures."' Ryan is listed 
as president; Harry Sokolove as vee- 
pee. and Howard Henshcy. as secre- 
tary-treasurer. 



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UA DIRECTORS HAVE 
PLENTY TO DISCUSS 

United Artists directorate is sched- 
uled to; meet today (Wed.) to dis- 
cuss vital company problems. Mary 
Pickford" and George Bagnell are 
here from the Coast for the session. 

Present indications are that the 
agenda is so extensive that it may 
require two sessions to successfully 
conclude points to be settled. There 
was revival of the talk this week of 
Carl Leserman. general sales man- 
ager, leaving, but no announcement 
has been made. 



Any attempt by the major com- 
panies to cut expenses by firing 
publicists or white collar workers in 
their N. Y. hbmeoffices arbitrarily 
may lead to strife between the 
Screen Publicists Guild .and the 
Screen Office Professional Em- 
ployees Guild, which represent these 
employees, on the one hand, and the 
distributors/according to present in- 
dications. 

Picture companies, in the opinion 
of representatives of both unions, 
have already signified intentions pf 
blueprinting the streamlining of 
honieofllce operations, despite the 
fact that they haven't been hurt 
with any large loss of revenue with 
the ending of the war. Union leaders 
claim the film outfits are trying to 
anticipate a possible loss of revenue 
before it even happens, an even- 
tuality which might not even occur, 
in the opinion of many. 

Both SPG and SOPEG realize 
there may be layoffs eventually 
among their members by the film 
companies, but . they have informed 
the companies they will demand, the 



protection of seniority rights among 
employees. During the past fort- 
night, 20th-Fox attempted to fire five 
publicists at the homeoffice, and fol- 
lowing protests by the SPG the com- 
pany agreed to place four of those 
let out at the top of a list of persons 
who will be rehired in the future, 
the other publicist being shifted 
over to another department. 

Several stenographers at 20lh-Fox 
were laid off last Friday (28)., also 
leading to further protests from 
SOPEG officers. Indications point 
to layoffs among the other majors 
in the next couple of months, as 
well, the guilds allege. 

Companies claim that the persons 
fired were taken on during the boom 
war years when payrolls at home- 
offices were expanded to cover the 
work being done by inexperienced 
help. They add that many em- 
ployees who . were .- in the armed 
forces are now coming back to their 
prewar jobs. However. union 
leaders report the layoffs will ex- 
ceed in number the persons coming 
back from the war. 




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SCARLET FEVER PATIENT 

Dear Editor: Was I glad I still had the 
March copy of True Confessions with Mrs. 
Gruenberg's article, Happy Hours of Conva- 
lescence. We have just had a scarlet fever 
quarantine removed and you can imagine how 
helpful her suggestions were! 

When our four-year-old Sandy began looking 
longingly out of the window at the others having 
fun— well! Even books, scissors, paste and toys lacked 
zest. As she expressed it, after studying one of her 
"get-well cards" of little girls in hoop skirts and 
pantalettes, dancing on the lawn and calling her to 
join, "Mother, I'll be so happy to get out that I'll 
dance so hard my pants will fall, too!" 

Mrs. A. H. 
S. Coventry, Conn 




THAT'S WHAT HURTS MOST 

Dear Editor: There are no truer words than 
those expressed by Betsy Barton in To Live Again 
in your May issue. I have been crippled myself 
since birth. I have no deformed or paralyzed 
limbs, only involuntary movements of the head, 
neck and hands. Thoughtless 
children and unwise people 
can cause people like 
us deep injury. 

M. B. R. 
Houston, Texas 






BRIDE OF THE NILE 

Dear Editor: I am a war bride 
(my husband is a pilot). At home 



read your magazine and really 
enjoyed it. I like very much the 
story, Bride of the Nile, in the 
May issue. I know all the places 
Nefisa Fedil talked about. 

Sometimes I feel so lonely 
and there is nobody over 
here with whom I can 
talk about home. That's 
why this story meant so 
much to me. 
Mrs. F. 0*N. ' 
Windsor, Ontario, Canada 



SINCE I MET YOU . . . 



EDITOR'S NOTE: " 

To satisfy all of your many requests, we repeat the poem which was found 
by a Private on the body of a soldier killed in action. The Private sent it to his 
wife who forwarded it to James J. Walker. He read it over the air and we 
subsequently published it in our June, 1944 issue. — THE EDITOR. 



Since I Met You, I'm Not Afraid 

Look, God, I have never spoken to You, 
But now I want to say how do you do, 
You see, God, they told me You didn't exist. 



Last night from a shell hole, I saw Your sky 
I figured right then they had told me a lie 
H;:d I taken time to see things You made, 
I'd have known they weren't 
calling a spade a spade. 



I wonder, God, if you'd shake 

my hand. . 
Somehow, I feel that You will 

understand, 
Funny I had to come to this hellish 
place, 

Before I had time to see Your face. 




Well, I guess there isn't much more to say. 
But I'm sure glad, God, I met You today. 
I guess the "zero hour" will soon be here, 
But I'm not afraid since I know You're near. 

I like You lots, this I want You to know. 
Look now, this will be a horrible fight, 
Who knows, I may come to Your house tonight. 

Though I wasn't friendly to You before 
I wonder, God, if You'd wait at Your door. 
Look I'm crying! Mc! Shedding tears! 
I wish I had known You these many years. 

Well, I have to go now, God, good-bye! 
Strange, since I met You, I'm not afraid to die. 

—Frances Ang*rm«y«r 



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PICTURES 



31 



IATSE, Painters Await NLRB 



Continued from pace 11 



fore the discharges were valid. He 
said the question was a jurisdictional 
one— an honest question of repre- 
sentation between two unions. He 
contended that the ballots of the 
' ' strikers should not be counted iir 
the bargaining election. 

A J. Isserman, of New York, rep- 
resenting 1421, charged the • pro- 
ducers with bad faith and with dis- 
tortion of the facts. Isserman as- 
serted that, for the first time, em- 
>- plovers were asking the Labor Board 
to rule that strikers could not vote. 

' This board," he snapped, "is be- 
ing asked to undermine a la,w which 
it is committed by the very nature of.: 
it; existence to uphold.". On the 
matter "of bad faith, he said that, 
" since November, 1943 100' t of the 
Set Decorators had belonged to 1421, 
that the producers had recognized 
the unit for bargaining purposes, and 
✓ yet were now trying to cry "juris- 

dictional dispute." 

Bad F»:tn Charred To IATSE 
"The companies are in the mid- 
dle," ' Isserman cracked, "because 
"they had a. scarecrow which they 
drew to their side in order to be 
. ; in the middle." He also made charges 
ot bad faith against IATSE. 

Questioned on the point that the 
Set Designers had waited a long 
time before introducing the issue of 
unfair labor practices. Isserman , an- 
swered that his people had hoped 
for quick recognition. If they had 
brought the charge in prginally, he 
contended, they might have faced a 
labor proceeding lasting from a. year 
to 18 months. 

"Never has there been a case," he 
said, "where the strikebreakers can 
vole but the strikers cannot." He 
carefully avoided the word "re- 
placements" which Mitchell had 
. . used. Instead he referred to "strike- 
breakers" and '.'scabs." . - 

Argument for IATSE was carried | 
by Michael G. Luridy. of X. A., and 
Matthew M. Levy, ot New York. Be- 
fore the current dispute, said Luddy. 
there had never been a determina- 
tion of the appropriate bargaining 
unit for the Set Decorators.. He 
claimed the strike by 1421 was a 
move to coerce the producers into 
an •unfair labor act and that the 
strikers were legally discharged and 
therefore not eligible to vote ih the 
election. * ' 

i 

Levy accused Isserman of "name 
calling." 

"The strike is not against, the pro- 
ducers." he continued. "It is again.;! 
us and therefore we light back:" He 
said it was undoubtedly a jurisdic- 
tional dispute, in justification of the 
action of IATSE in naming replace- 
ments for the strikers. Levy said the 
union had 15.000 members whose jobs 
depended on production in the 

"were not strikebreaker 
said. "We're there punchiii 
and we intend to stay there." 



ing up the strike settlement for 
months. 

Roy M. Brewer, IATSE interna- 
tional representative, sent a letter to 
Congressmen Ned Healy, Ellis E, 
Patterson and Helen Gahagan Doug- 
las, declaring the strike was engi- 
neered by a "pro-Communist clique." 
The Screen Actors Guild asked 
NLRB for an early decision and 
called upon the American Federation 
of Labor to organize new machinery 
to settle its jurisdictional problems. 



Carroll's Theatre I 

— — Continued front page '] _ — J ] 

cter, as compared with the Hall's 
00-foot stage. Carroll, who is con- 
ceded an authority on theatre con- 
struction, explains that the enormous 
stage for the new- house would be 
divided into three segments, each 
measuring 75 by 130 .feet. 

Thrce-Slase Idea 
One-third, will be a wood floor, 
another section will be ah ice rink, 
while the third will be for utility 
purposes, and, when rolled off, will 
disclose a tank for aquatics. Pol- 
icy will be akin to that of the Hall, 
show to run three hours and 10 min- 
utes, including the film features. 
Proscenium opening of 130 feet con- 
veys an idea of the project's size. 

Full symphony orchestra of 110 
will be in action, guest conductors 
to baton. There will be 36 precision 
dancers, the. same number of skaters, 
an equal number of swimmers, 
and a choral background of 30 
voices. Plans call for 60 motor car 
lanes to the theatre, with parking 
facilities provided for 1,000 cars 
within the. structure. 



ners and . affiliated companies, Kass 
Realty' and Garfield I. Kass have at- 
tempted to prevent the K-B organi- 
zation from constructing the new 
MacArthur theatre which is planned. 

Complaint charges that through 
agreements with the major distrib- 
utors, the Warner circuit has mo- 
nopolized the early neighborhood 
runs and has restrained the trade 
of independent exhibitors in Wash- 
ington. Warners controls 21 houses 
here, including two mid-town show- 
cases. 

Lust's Suit vs. WB in D. C. 

Sidney B. Lust, indie, filed suit 
last week, .for an injunction to .stop 
Warner Bros, from what he claims 
to be a monopoly in theatre opera- 
tion in the District and nearby areas. 
Lust, Mrs. Celia Lust and Bernard 
Sidney Lust, individually, name as 
defendants Warner Bros. Pictures, 
WB Circuit Management. Stanley Co. 
of America, Cheverly Theatre Co., 
Garfield Kass and John J. Payette, 
zone manager for WB. 

Among claims made in the lengthy 
26-page suit was one that after Lust 
had planned to erect a house in 
Bladcnburg, Md.. Cheverly Theatres, 
Inc., proceeded to construct a 
theatre a short distance away. 



More Field BaUyhooists By fix; 
Other Briefs From Distrib Keys 

Film companies have increased the payrolls. Familiar, faces showing up 



Johnston Goal 

; Continued from page 6 - 



Anti-Trust 



Continued from nase • 



they would be open to any pre-trial 
suggestions that might be offered 
between now and Monday (81. 

Meantime, both DJ and distrib at- 
! torneys are reportedly well girded 
for the battle that begins next week, 
but not expected that there will be 
any fireworks immediately. On 
opening day of the trial introduc- 
tory statements will be made and 
notice of appearances made in prep- 
aration for getting down to the 
i brassstacks of the case. . 

While company attorneys cannot 
estimate bow long the trial may last 
it is believed it may go six months, 
or close to that, in view of all the 
evidence to be introduced and the 
ground to be covered. Distrib de- 
fendants have furnished bales of i 
data to the DJ in connection with 
interrogatories and at the same time' 
have collecte d a jjiass at. /l.'^iuisJ 



Aion ' i .Av '.ve 

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He has already discussed the foreign 
situation with William Benton, new 
Assistant Secretary of State. He 
hopes to huddle shortly with Secre- 
tary of State James F. Byrnes and 
Assistant Secretary Will Clayton. He 
said nothing has developed yet on 
getting benefits for Hollywood un- 
der the reciprocal trade agreements. 
Only $100,000 a Tear 

5. Johnston said he wanted to 
clear tip misconceptions about his 
salary. He said he was offered a 
larger figure originally, but that he 
is getting $100,000 a year under a 
five-year contract. He denied hav- 
ing an unlimited expense account 
and said the only expenses he would 
accept would .be for traveling pur- 
poses. He said Joyce O'Hara, his 
assistant, is getting $40,000. "I prob- 
ably will not accept my salary while 
I am with the Chamber of Com- 
merce," Johnston said. "I do not 
expect to stay with the Chamber af- 
ter my present term. I prefer not 
to be reelected after May 1." 

6. Francis Harmon, in charge- of 
the New York office, has no contract. 

7. Johnston figures he will have 
to get active in the studio strike if 
it does not end soon. "If is one of 
the toughest problems I have ever 
seen," he said, "because there is a] 
jurisdictional dispute up to the high- 
est ranks of labor. I don't know' 
much aboul it. but I will not duck it. | 
It is not insoluble." 

8. He intends to go into the whole 
labor policy of the industry. "Our 
entire postwar economy." he said. 



field staffs of their exploitation de- 
partments, several having more men 
on the road now than even pre-war. 
Other majors plan to augment their 
staffs shortly to bring the number 
of field men they employ up to now 
highs. . 

With the easing of travel restric- 
tions and better accommodations on 
the road, companies plan to go all- 
out to aid in the proper servicing of 
exhibitors. Several of the majors, 
whith during the war ha<l exploi- 
ter's working out of the homcofflce 
sending them out on specific assign- 
ments in certain territories, have 
done away with this practice within 
the past couple of weeks, hiring men 
to work out of various exchanges 
throughout the country, reporting to 
the branch manager, and thus giving 
better service to exhibitors in their 
territories. 

Along with the easing of travel 
and lodging accommodations, likely 
easing of newsprint has resulted in 
a large increase in the number of 
papers in the U. S. requesting from 
field men entire mat services, which 
are supplied directly from home- 
offices. Also the number of papers 
which use color pictures in Sunday 
supplements and rotogravure sec- 
tions has increased with the larger 
supply of inks now available. 

Exhibs, used to cutting corners in 
their exploitation of pictures during 
the crises of the past war years, 
have signified their intention of co- 
operating with the expanded ex- 
portation plans of the major com- 
panies. Fact that the quality of field 
men during the past several years 
has not been up to standard, has 
soured a number of theatre owners 
and managers on the m abilities of 
these exploitcers. Now. however, 
experienced pre-war field men. get- 
ting out of the armed forces, are 
being put back on film company 



In theatres all over the country, 
getting results, has definitely swerved 
the faith of exhibs in field men back 
to their pre-war status. 

. Albany Variety to Elect . 

Albany. Oct. 2. 
Thirteen directors of Tent 9, Al- 
bany Variety Club, will be elected at 
a meeting in the Ten. Eyck hotel Oct. 
15. Herman Ripps, Metro district- 
branch manager, is current chief 
barker, while C. A. Smakwitz. as- 
sistant zone manager for Warner 
Theatres, is first assistant. 



Elmer Kliodeii's Fete 

On occasion of his 25th anniver- 
sary in the picture business. Elmer 
C. Rhoden, who operates the Fox- 
Midwest circuit for National Thea- 
tres (20th-Fox), will be tendered a 
silver jubilee banquet at the Muehle- 
bach hotel Kansas City, oh Oct. 24. 
Rhoden headquarters in K, C. 



I.. A. Admisli Bite Closer 

Los Angeles. Oct. 2. 

City Council: moved a step nearer 
the proposed 5% tax on theatres 
when it ordered the City Attorney's 
department to draw up an ordinance 
to that effect. Vote was eight to six, 
with one alderman absent. 

Bitter fight is predicted when the 
ordinance comes up for final ballot- 
ing. 



Texas Allied's Conclave 

Dallas, Oct. 2; 
Allied Theatre Owners of Texas 
holds its 26th annual convention 
here Oct. 22-23. Problems of recon- 
version, new theatre expansion and 
remodeling of old houses will be 
analyzed. Another problem to be on 
the blotter will be the 16-mm and 
jackrabbit shows, which includes 
tent theatres of all sorts, quickly -set- 
up ho.ises with folding chairs and a 
bedsheet for a curtain. 



Plan North Carolina Theatre 

Raleigh, N. C. Oct. 2. 
North Carolina Theatres, Inc.. pur- 
chased frontage at Salisbury for a 
modern theatre. 



New York Theatres 



The Jubilant Story of 
George Gershwin 

"RHAPSODY IN BLUE" 

Warner Bros. Crowning Glory 

ton I in now Perfnrmjti.ee* 

HOLLYWOOD THEATRE 

Air-Conditioned 
Broadway at 5 lit Street 



"MILDRED PIERCE" 
WARNER BROS. SENSATION 

. Stan-ins: . 
JOAN CRAWFORD 

JACK CARSON 
ZACHARY SCOTT 

In 1 "orson 
RUSS MORGAN 

am! Ills OrWirsmt 

THREE STOOGES 

'J O.H.MV I t)X 

S way a* 47th St. STRAND 



Picketing Continues On Coast 

Hollywood. Oct. 2. 

While efforts to eiid the film strike 
were under way in Washington and 
Hollywood, picketing continued and 
charges of unfair labor practices were 
filed with the National Labor Rela- 
tions Board against the major stu- 
dios by the Screen Office Employees 
Guild and the Screen Publicists 
Guild. ... 

Meanwhile, local union .committees 
on jurisdictional problems were be- 
ing appointed by the IATSE-. Car- 
penters. . ElecWVciarrsl Machinists..! 
Plumbers and Sheet Metal workers. 

William Pomprance, executive sec- J 
rotary of the Screen Writers Guild. !. 
planed for Washington to testify in j 
the NLRB hearing, on the Set Deep- | 
rators election, which has been hold- 1 



he ! lions, clearances, poors, film prices. , vvil) 
back etc. Near to .si* months has been j Johl)s , on saic , , le w;(s 1)ot ready vcl 
spent by auditors and others ,n col- ' aiscu8g ., i 011 „ ,. a ng e labor policv. 
lecting this data. but felt there will have to be an in- 

dustry labor relations department. 
He was not Certain Whether this 
should come under MPPDA or un- 



'depends upon sounder manage 
iea\c 



' this ■ to--Hw-"£rwr<rrrnT7WTfr TfW" - 
no longer be a democracy 



HHRSKf! 



Warners Slapped With 2d 
DC. Anti-Trust Bldg. Suit 

Washington. Oct. 2: 
For the second time within a week, 
an anti-trust siiil was tiled against 
the Warner Brothers theatre chair; 
by an independent exhibitor here, 
when the K-B, Amusement Co. yes- 
terday 11 1 entered the action in the 
District of Columbia federal court. 

K-B Amusement Co. is a partner- 
ship; .of , Fred S. Kogod and Max 
Birika. which operates four neigh- 
borhood houses here and has two 
others under construction. Suit fol- 
lows closely along the lines of the 
one filed last week by Sidney Lust. 
Kogod-Burka alleged that War- 



der the proposed Institute. 

9. He has no ' plans or ideas" on 
the subject of television, but thought 
that if the industry launches a re- 
search program., this should be one 
of its phases.. . 

10. He has "no ideas on legislation 
at the moment." 

Finally, Johnston said of his new 
post: "This is not a routine job, 
though it has been made one in the 
past, Twill, be an executive and will 
have others do the jobs. I expect 
to devote myself to broad policies in 
the domestic and' foreign fields." 

He made it clear that he will stay 
away from the Big Five divorce- 
ment trial in New York. 



DANNY KAYE 

"WONDER MAN" 

in TeelinicMor 

ASTOR 



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47th St. " 



PALACE 



"BACK TO BATAAN" 

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JOHN WAYNE ANTHONY QUINN 

All liKO RADIO PICTUHE 




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IvV'J'MK NOI AX 1MSSO CMC HO I I. 

'THE HOUSE on 92nd STREET' 



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Tliurs., Oct. 4 
Frank SINATRA 
Katliryn GRAYSON 
C.ene KELLY 

"ANCHORS 
AWEIGH" 



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Prof. 
LAMBERT! 




WALT DISNEY'S 

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' ihiM ■ A to 

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While "UNCLE HARRY'' (the old meanie) is 
TRAIN" is proving to be a real box office sm. 
business in its first engagements, we enthusiastical 



Titles entitled to your 
every consideration 



MEN IN HER DIARY 




all UPS and no downs 

* .-*--.■* 

Universal is highly optimistic— so 
optimistic that we have increased out 
production budget approximately 
$10,000,000; and have included plans 
to enlarge the studio with new build- 
ings, new stages, and most important 
of all, have mobilized some of the best 
producing, directing and writing talent 
in the industry to make pictures at 
Universal studio. 

Every movie company has its ups 
and downs but we definitely believe 
that with the insurance Universal is 
taking on every picture, as far as pro- 

program for 1945-46 will be marked h 
with all ups and no downs. 

This advertisement does not go into 
detail about all the details you will be 
hearing about. This is just to let you 
know that we start the new season 
with much optimism. 



We extend our greetings to our 
thousands of exhibitor-friends who 
have actually been a party to Universal'^ 
success story. Here's hoping we both 
continue to entertain the public, to 
grow and to prosper. 



laking good every place and tf LADY ON A 
J, and "SHADY LADY" is opening to top 
if announce a few of the new season's releases. 




PEGGY RYAN 

She goes dra- 
|. molic in "Men 
1 In Her Diory." 



JOAN BENNETT 

Stars in Hie 
psychological dromo, 
"Scorlel Street." 




34 



RADIO 



P^RfEff 



Wednesday, October 3. 1915 



Pofitical Ladle Drips $1,000,000 
Gravy to Local Radio Stations 



With 
under 



local election .campaigns* 
vay in at least 100 cities 
throughout the country— net affili- 
ates, as well, as indies— are planning 
to cop the biggest sackful of dough 
•they'd ever enjoyed in an "off" elec- 
tion year. 

Most of the local: elections arc for 
municipal or county offices, and in 
some instances minor state or 
Judicial posts are at stake. But in 
every instance, the radio- 
come into its own; in the biggest 
manner yet. in . the Presidential 
campaign of .1944— will*, be used ex- 
tensively.; 

' Conservative estimates are that 
about $1,000,000 worth of political 
time will be sold this fall, building 
up toward vastly greater amounts 
every year between now and the 
194K Presidential campaign. 

Station reps are holding sessions 
with national political spenders, 
hoping to influence them to spend 
some of their moola on the indies. 
Their salestalk points out that, what 
is spent today, will reap profits for 
them •'tomorrow"-- i.e., the 1948 
campaign. However, in the metro- 
"politan areas, where the indies have 
more business than they can handle, 
indie timesellers are discoiiraging 
the purchase of time by political 
campaigners. 

In some instances, the indies, re- 
fuse to sell time to any campaign- 
ing parties; however, they will allo- 
cate time to the parties gratis. Radio, 
ax a whole, is anxious to give the 
performance expected of it during 
this period. • 

In New York. 13 Station's are sell- 
ing, time. They are: WHN. WOV. 
WEAF. WABC. WJZ. WOR, WMCA. 
WINS, WHOM, WLIB. WEVD. 
WBYN. WWRL. Two stations not 
selling time, WQXR and WNEW, 

The political parties represented 
in N. Y. radio are: American Labor 
Party. Liberal Party. Citizens' Com- 
mittee for Cacchione. Independent 
Citizens' Committee for Election of 
Goell, N. Y. State Citizens' PAC. City- 
Wide Independent Citizens' Commit- 
tee. The radio expenditures of these 
parties, according to . some budgets 
already available, are expected to 
exceed $250,000 in spot announce- 
ments, five-minute. 15-minute and 
•lull-hour broadcasts. 

The biggest single airtime. . pur- 
chased by any political group 
was made by the City- Wide In- 
dependent Citizen's Committee of 
. V (Continued on page 40) ' 



Elmer Davis to Gab 

If Someone Will Pay 

Elmer Davis is going back to gab- 
bing: but so far is reported to wait 
for the best, offer that may come 
along— whether or not it takes him 
havii s'jback to CBS. where he established 
his rep before heading up OWI. 
- Tipofl on the fact that chatter is 
going to be his game was seen when 
it became known that he had signed 
with Thomas L. Stix & J O. Gude 
as, agents. They handle some of the 
top commentators, including Ray- 
mond Swing and Edward R. Murrow. 



Premieres 



Philly's Radio 
City, $2,000, 

Philadelphia. Oct. 2. 

Plans to build a Radio City by 
WCAU were revealed at a hearing 
before the zoning board of adjust- 
ment today. WCAU prexy, Dr. Leon 
Levy, petitioned the board for a per- 
mit to build a $2,000,000 building 
with transmitter mast C12 feet above 
street level for the broadcasting of 
television. 

Building will be erected at old 
Baldwin site at Broad and Spring 
Garden streets. New structure will 
have radio and television studios, 
with construction to start in a year 
and take two years to build. Pres- 
ent WCAU home has been sold. 



(Oct. 4-13) 
Oct. * 

Bob Burns, 7:30-8 p.m. Thurs- 
days. NBC; Lever Bros.; Ruth- 
rauff & Ryan agency. 

Abbott * Costello, 10-10:30 
p.m. Thursdays, NBC: Reynolds; 
William Esty agency. - 

"Detect and Collect," 9:30-9:55 
p.m. Thursdays, ABC (Blue>; 
Goodrich; BBD. & O agency. 
Oct. 5 

"Mvslery Theatre." 10-10:30 
p.m. Fridays: NBC: Molle; 
Young & Rubicam agency. 

■ Oct. 6 :" 

Boston Symphony.. 8:30-9:30 
p.m. Saturdays. ABC . (Bluet; 
Allis Chalmers: Compton 
agency. 

Oct. " 

New York Philharmonic, 3-4:30 
p.m. Sundays. CBS; U. S. Rub- 
ber; Campbell-Ewald agency. 

"Harvest of Star*." 2-2:30 p.m. 
Sundays: NBC: International 
Harvester; McCanii - Erickson 
agency. 

Fred Allen, 8:30-9 p.m. Sun- 
days; NBC; Standard Brands; J. 
Walter Thompson agency. 

"Request Performance." 9-9:30 
p.m. Sundays, CBS; Campbell; 
Ward Wheelock agency.' 

"Hall of Fame." 6-6:30 p.m. 
Sundays. ABC (Blue); Philco; 
Hutchins agency. . '• 

Oct. 9 

"County Fair." 7:30-8 p.m. 
Tuesdays, ABC (Blue >; Borden's; 
Kenyon & Eekhardt agency. _.' 
Oct. IS 

Tommy Harmon. 7:45-8 p.m. 
Saturdays, MBS: Clipper Craft; 
Emil Mogul agency. 



Miller Inaugurated As NAB Prexy; 
Ryan Reports, Hits Monopoly Trend 



It's Anybody's Time 



'Blind Date' Sponsor 
Splits With Esty Agcy.; 
2 Y&R Men on Staff 

Esty agency and Lehn & Fink 
(Hinds') have come to a parting of 
ways after a long-term relationship. 
Lehn & Fink, which sponsor "Blind 
Date". (Fridays. ABC (Blucl. be- 
lieved to have been satisfied with 
the air show results but understood 
they requested more newspaper and 
magazine service than the agency 
cared to give. Esty thereuepon told 
L. & F. to seek a new agency. 

Parting claimed to be' amiable by 
both sides. Esty continuing noces- 
duties un'H Lehn &• Fink 



Washington, Oct. 2. 
Justice Justin Miller assumed his 
duties as president of the NAB, as 
J. Harold Ryan retired from the post, 
at a dinner held at the Statler to- 
night (Tuesday}. Ryan had held the 
office of president 18 months. 

In his inaugural speech . Judge 
Miller admitted there is room for 
self-discipline in broadcasting as the 
best way to adjust some of the com- 
plaints against commercialism. He 
added that, generally speaking, the 
industry was not at fault to any 
great extent. 

In his farewell report, Ryan 
pointed out that in the 23 years 
since the founding of NAB. it bad 
grown from a group of a few mem- 
bers to 708 members, including. 667 
stations, two webs and 3!) associate 
members. 

Touching upon the major accom- 
plishments of the radio industry, 
Ryan said: "If you will consider the 
case of music, you will agree with 
me thai, in spite of the liking of the 
American people for jazz, boogie 
woogie and other derivatives, there 
has been a considerable increase in 
the appreciation of fine music over 
the years that broadcasting has been 
operating.'' . 

He cited the case of the Met's pre- 

ment by the FCC to the effect that i ..- „.„„.,. :•-.-"" 

41 _ . . . .,, , , , , dicament, when the opera company 



Bergen With McCarthy 
In White House Stand 

Washington. Oct. 2. 

Edgar Bergen and Charlie Mc- 
Carthy staged a private While House 
performance tor the President and 
his family tonight (2). to wind up a 
busy two days in Washington, This 
morning. Bergen did his act in a 
committee room of the Capitol for 
the benefit of the Capitol page boys. 

He came here yesterday and was 
entertained at a small cocktail party 
arranged by NBC. Last night he 
played a one-night stand in the Em- 
bassy room of the Statler hotel to 
introduce Pat Patrick, a' former 
member of Bergen's radio troupe 
who has just got out of the service. 
Patrick started a Statler engagement 
last night. 



Vets Want Time 
To File for FM 

In reply to the recent announce- 



In Chicago Studios 



Gabmen Low on Rating 
Totem Pole Not Liked 
As Commercials' Nabes 

Agencies and sponsors alike, whose 
non-news programs follow on the 
heels of newscasts or commentaries 
which recently dropped to lower 
depths on the Hoopcrating.. are 
greatly concerned. Their- chief 
gripe, still irr the muttering stage, 
is that if the. ratings of these gab- 
bers persist, they (agencies and 
sponsors! will seek to have altera- 
tions affected in the programming 
skeds. .,' . 

Reason for thus reaction is that 
they feci the ratings ot the pro- 
grams following the sessions in 
question are subject to a loss as 
well. This consequently prevents 
the non-news programs from build- 
ing audiences) Where the news- 



the commission will be unable to re 
serve FM channels tor servicemen, 
the National Planning Committee of 
the American Veterans Committee 
last week' passed the following reso- 
lution: 

"The American Veterans' Commit- 
tee urges the Federal Communica- 
tions Commission: To withhold the 
majority of choice frequencies for a 
period of not less than six months, 
that men now in uniform, recently 
discharged veterans: community 
groups whose preoccupation with 
War services has prevented consid- 
eration, of FM. to whom FM may 
prove an attractive opportunity, will 
be accorded a fair and equal chance 
in the competition for licenses to 
render public, service.. 

"To severely restrict the percent- 
age of licenses to be granted those 
now holding standard broadcasting 
licenses, and applicants owning or 
controlling nowspapc s or other in- 
struments of public information in 
the interest of .maintaining . the wi- 
dest possible choice of programs lor 
the listener, and the broadest range 
of discussion via radio. 

"And furtner, that the American 
Veterans' Committee protests the as- 
signment.- without public hearing, of 
53 choice channels, to those who have 
held experimental licenses during 
the war period 



Chicago. Oct. 2. 

Confusion wrought by the city's 
out-of-step ordinance which keeps it 
on daylight saving time until the 
end of Oct. is raising havoc with the 
operations of the ABC (Bluc» here. 
Because of three local ABC outlet. 
(WENR-WLS-WCFLI their program 
scheduling problem has been tripled. 

Station WCFL cancelled three 
Sunday morning programs. .effective 
Sept. 30. including ''Coast-to-Coast 
Oil . a Bus." "News Correspondent 1 
Around the World - ' and 'Message to 
Israel." and three Mon-Fri. mid- 
afternoon programs, "Best Sellers." 
"Ladies Be Seated" and. "Time Views 



SSh^ £ ; 

budge them lrojn their time slots. 
What with: the dearth of desirable 

time, it lo'dtar- as~ rfr the— non-news 



Meanwhile. Richard F. Shcehan 
formerly with J. Walter Thomp- 
son agency, and James Breslov. 
formerly with Young & Rubicam. 
have joined Esty's copy department. 



(Continued on page 44) 



Everybody's in the Act 

For Fred Alien Ballyhoo 



The ballyhoo for Fred Allen's 
I Opening oil NBC next Sunday (7.) 
has had everybody at the net. the J. 
' Walter Thompson agency, and sun- 
dry other outfits involved, pepped 
up to the point of distraction. Rc- 



the News." effective Oct.. 1 in order I suit: a set of three one-minute plat- 



to facilitate that station's program- 
ming problems. . ' 

Station WENR. , owned • and op- 
erated by ABC. i.- putting its sched- 
ules on centrat daylighl-saviiies 
time, while WLS. the Prairie 
Farmer outlet which shares the yamo 
wavelength, has elected' to carry , the 
network programs oil CST. 

Evidence of what Chicago day- 
light savings-time . brought was 
shown by (he mixup created when I 
the U. S. Steel Corp. sent out tickets 
for its . Theatre Guild broad c:, i for 
last Sunday night (30 J requesting 
guests to be in the studio by 8: IS 
p.m.. and then had to enclose a -leaf- 
let listing both the standard and 
daylight saving lime. 

Another mixup is expected with 
the "Break fast Club." which draws a 
studio capacity audience six days a 
■week, from all over the country as 
well as Chicago. -Chicagoans attend- 
ing the broadcasts will have to be 
in the studios at !l a.m. (their timet 
•while out-of-town visitors will have 
to be on hand v> hen their watches 
say it is 8 a.m. CST. 



ters, plugging Allen via trailers, had 
been. sent to WABC. N. Y.. flagshipior j 
CBS. with a request that the rival | 
station go all out for Allen. Second | 
result: Paul HpUlster. CBS vecpee I 
In charge of advertising and promo- 
tion, sent the: following letter in 
reply: . 

"We hare your ■ letter Suggest - 
in<l thai tec bang, thie hejl aid of 
the drum because Fri-M-AUen is' 
Coming back oner.' your station 
beginning Oct: .7: . . , We ciiu't 
fntd '. confirmation of .-. I li is n(lo- 
petfier deii(//il/«| prospect. 

"W/ioi is more, v'% can not 'it ii - 
■ derstand why he is iiot con tin 0 
back on WABC (New York's 
foremost stdtiotl, and for so- 
nitiny years Mr. Allen's favorite 
New York outlet i. If. however, 
lie is coming bade, as you state, 
you can rely on ns -to play His 
eight 12-sccoiid spots, and the 
three one -minute spots he made 
with Portland and Minnie — and 
play them unli' the grooves in 
thOti are Ivor n right down ■to the 
nubbin. 

"Tell you what you do — just 



Senct oloiifl (lie order — or give Ms 
a call irilli a verbal okay that'iie 
is coming buck — mid tre'll start 
the works. We will use the 
platters both before, during and 
oficr Oct 7. Jn rtcicf if ion. ice will 
rope off Fifth aveiiue. and led by 
a massed baud of 1.000 pieces 
j find' Cforer. Whalen. we will 
parade Mr. Allen in a gold 
| chariot tip to Cent nil Park, 
Where, from a rock just back" of 
| the^Duck Pond, he may make a 
..personal appearance announcing 
his proximate return to the Nei- 
xcorl; of Networks, and the Sta- 
tion of S.alions. After a fairty 
short speech by Mr. Allen, the 
parade wi I reform, and under 
the escort of Generals Eisen- 
hower and MaeArthnr 'ion ■mo- 
torcycles) will proceed doivu flip 
At'Ciitlc of the % Avenues (or 
whatever it is they just renamed 
Good Old. Sixth), and over to 
CBS Playhouse 3. where he may 
resume where he •left off after 
the most .successful season in the 
long garland of successful CBS 
Allen seasons. 

"That. I feel sure, is more co- 
operation than you. expected. 
But it is uo less than . . . the oc- 
casion rieh'y deserves. 

"So . . . just call up ([nivU and 
con/inn. and then stand by for 
f reworks." 



the organization, who sent the 
petition, pointed out in a letter: "Be- \ 
lieving that FM radio broadi-a.-ting. a 
business requiring capital invest- | 
ments of less than $50,000. will af- 
ford opportunities for ambitious vet- 
erans, both as owners and operators: 
and. sensing the danger to the fu- 
ture of American free speech in the 
granting of an excessive number of 
choice channels to those presently 
controlling standard broadcasting 
stations and newspapers, ''the AVC 
urges FCC action, in behalf of the 
servicemen-." . • . , 



found itself in financial difficulties 
and was on the precipice of having 
to vacate the opera house; via radio 
an appeal was made to listeners 
throughout the country — with the 
result the situation was saved. 

Regarding the gripes about the 
overcommercialization of radio, he 
agreed that some were justified, and 
warned the "prudent" station man- 
ager to see to it that his station does 
not offend his listeners. 

"I cannot but wonder, however." 
Ryan declared, "if some of the com- 
plaints about commercialization may 
not unintentionally be aroused by 
the very patriotic action that broad- 
cast stations have taken during the 
war in carrying messages from the 
Government, its departments and 
agencies. Radio's contributions in 
the furtherance of the war ellort 
will have increased to the total of 
$700,000,000 by the end of. 1045:' 
Attacks ASt'AP 
Radio must always be on the alert 
lo secure advertising by which Hie 
American system is supported, in 
competition with other media, par- 
ticularly newspapers and .magsj 
Ryan Went on. It must provide pro- 
tection from those sources which 
want to impose, monopolistic policies 
on radio. 

Ryan cited the ASCAP squabble 

ASCAP, a practical music monopoly, 
threatened to impose a crushing 
burden on radio stations five years 
| ago, radio interests were active in 
I the- formation of Bro adens! Music. 
1 Inc., as a competing force. Not only . 
I did the formation of BMI brin.y a 
| healthy competition into the', music 
I business, and furnish opporluuilies 
I lor rising young musicians; who 
I might otherwise have been denied 
them, but it has enabled broadcast- 
ling stations in five years to obtain 
li-.'e licensed numbers ' of • bolh 
I ASCAP and BMI for $lti.(>00.000 less 
j than . the broadcasting industry 
j would have paid to ASCAP alone 
] under the terms of the contract 
; which was m effect in .l».«l and 
which. ASCAP refused io renew. 
.This- light against the monopolistic 
j tendencies of ASCAP was 'thj^first 
example of . what the combined??- 



CARLTON KADELL PREZ 
OF COURT AFRA LOCAL 

':,;■. Hollywood. Oct. 2. 
New president, of Los Angeles' lo- 

Aitist, ,s Carlton Kadell. aetor-an- ! , h „ ,.„„„, ,. v rn „, ri rin - ,»•>>• 



nouncer. He follows into o/Tice Kci. 
Carpenter, who declined to be can- 
didate lor re-election. 

Other officers elected were 
Georgia Backus. Frank Martin. 
James Doyle and Carl Bailey, first lo 
fourth' veepees. respectively: John 
Kennedy, treasurer, and -Eric Snow- 
don. 

New board members are Hal 
Berger. Theodor Von Elt/.: Catherine 
Lewis. Walk- Maher. Penny. Single- 
ton. Paul McVey. Frances Langl'ord. 
Sally Sweelland. Carl Bailey, Frank 
Martin and Billy Gould. 

Carpenter is filling mil hi: 
pired term. 



is unex- 



McGillvra Rep of WTTM 

Trenton. Oif. 2. 

Joseph Hei'.shey McGillvra. Inc. 
has been appointed national rept'e- 
.-enlative of WTTM here. 

Station is the local NBC affiliate. 



the country could do.' 

Brewer, BBC Exec, On 
U.S. 'Liaison Junket 

Charles Brewer, new North Amer- 
ican head for BBC. has started a 
tour of the United Stales with a view 
| lo establishing closer liasion between 
British and American broadcasters. 
..; Accompanied by Christopher Cross, 
public relations manager for BBC .m 
N. Y.. Brewer will visit Toledo. Chi- 
cago. .Boston, and Cleveland this 
month, and plans next month t<> 
cover San Francisco. Los AngeleS, 
Denver. Ft. Worth, Dallas. San An-: 
tonio. Louisville and .Atlanta. 

Others of the BBC organization 
who Will accompany Brewer on 
some of his visits, in addition to 
Cross, will be progruro operations 
manager Stephen Fry and Donovan 
Rowse, special assistant. 



Wednesday, October 3, 1915 



VRrieTy 



RADIO 



35 



MUSICIANS MAY BLOW LABOR FUSE 




Theatre Guild' Debuts 
To 3.3 Rate As Lux Show Leads 15 



••Theatre Guild on the Air," most* 
expensive radio dramatic package ' 
oil the nets, with an overall budget 
of $1,500,000 (divided between $15,- 
000 a week tor talent, tor 39 weeks, 
and (he rest for airtime and other 
expenditures) started off the season 
with a Uooperaling of only 3.3, And 
(hat rate. as a matter of fact, Avas 
only lor the first half-hour of this 
(iO-ininute show, the second 30 
minutes ratine only a computed 2.3. 

Framing the U, S. Steel-sponsored 
"Guild'' hour (10-11 p.m.) on CBS 
are;, Evcrsharp's "Take It or Leave 
It,"' with Phil Ba:ker. and Gulf Oil's 
••We the People," with respective 
ratings of 15.0 and 12.1; and on NBC: 
Phil Spitalny's "Hour of Charm" for 
General Electric, with a rating of 
8.9; and Old. Gold's "Meet Me at 
Parley's." 5.8. Every one of these 
four opposing shows on CBS and 
NBC rose during the "Guild" period, 
increasing their ratings over their 
own last comparative scores by mar- 
gins ranging from 0.5 to 1.8. 

One comparable stanza among the 
season's new shows — comparable in 
. dramatic attention— is Helen Hayes' 
Saturday night show for Textron on 
CBS. which came up With' -a rating 
of 6.2. Anotlier top-rankin 
show, not brand new but .just re- 
turning for the season, is Crcsta 
Blanca's "This Is My Best," also on 
CBS. which shared eighth place with 
two others among the first 15, with 
14.6. .';•' 

U. S. Sleel studied its radio plans 
for at least 18 months before finally 
deciding on the "Theatre Guild" 
format. For a year and a half U. S. 
Steel subscribed to a service which 
furnished transcripts of every dra- 
matic and other type of top-ranking 
show on the air. These reports went 
'to the corp.'s assistant to the board 
chairman, and wore presumably 
scanned carefully by top execs of 
the organization before the "Guild" 
format was adopted. 

As a matter of fact, lending the 



PETRILLQ HOLDS ]NABET Cets $250,000 Salary Boost 

[j Retro to Sept., 1844, From NBC ABC 




Burn on Cantor Break 

. Young & Rubicam and Bristol- 
Myers, sponsor of the "Eddie 
Cantor Show" over NBC (2G), 
are frowning upon NBC's news 
department because the latter 
interrupted Cantor's preem pro- 
gram 126) to flash the bulletin 
that the Jap emperor had met 
with Gen. MacArthur. 

CBS. ABC (Blue) and MBS did 
not interrupt any of their pro- 
grams to flash the news, instead, 
saving it for regular newscasts. 



Fracas Aired 
In Chi and N.Y. 



first J5 in the last Hooperating com- 
putations is a dramatic show — Lever 
Bros.' "Lux Radio. Theatre" on CBS, 
which came lip with a 21.4 score, or 
6.4 more than the last report. In- 
teresting to trace is the fact that 
both the steel and soap efforts are 

of one-hour length. 
The first 15 included three shows 
^Jy.j^'v j,!i»i.>jrpry— most.flX.tlie.rn. 



Chicago, Oct. 2. 
Cecil B. deMille again took up hi 
dramat j cu( j K els against, the American Fed-* 
oration of Radio Artists in a speech 
before the. Executives/ Club at the 
Hotel Sherman last week and, al- 
though it wasn't scheduled as a dc? 
bale, the- union got . in its say any- 
way.. 

When it was . learned that deMille 
was to address the industrialists. Ray 
Jones, executive secretary 61 AFRA 
here, asked to be present but was 
denied the privilege of replying to 
dcMillc's charges. So he had a 
lengthy mimeographed statement 
prepared., and. handed out to the 
press after the meeting, giving a 
resume of the ease showing that the 
people have supported AFRA's pro- 
posals and defeated deMille's through 
voting and the courts. It alsa repro- 
duced articles of incorporation of the 



Dispute between the American 
Federation of Musicians and .at least 
three of -the "four major networks is 
rapidly .nearing a climax, with mu- 
sicians having been pulled from, sev- 
eral NBC airers since last Sunday 
1 30). and CBS reportedly on notice 
that the AFM will initiate similar 
action against that network starting 
next Friday (5). A general strike by 
musicians against one or more of the 
webs -looms- as a possibility, as well. 

Basic, cause of the dispute is the 
signing last Friday (28) by NBC and 
ABC i Blue) of a contract with the 
National Association of Broadcasting 
Engineers and Technicians, an indie | 
union, isee separate story). Musi- j 
ciaiis. affiliated with the American | 
Federation of Labor, long have con- \ 
tested NABET's jurisdiction over! 
platter turners. 

■ James C. Pctrillo, "burned" at the j 
action of the webs in signing with ! 
NABET for "platter turners," is us- 
ing several disjointed situations as a 
weapon against the networks in 
order to pull union members from I 
coast-to-coast shows. First hint that | 
| he. planned action came Saturday I 
I night (29) at 7 p.m. when his T.-is \ 
Angeles local notified Artie Shaw 
that tatter's orchestra could not ".o . 
on with its scheduled . Sunday night r 
(30) direr. lor Fitch on NBC. A vocal ; 
chorus was substituted. 

Monday 1 1 > .at 11 a.m. Pctrillo or- \ 
dcrcd the exit of Percy Faith and his j 
orchestra from their scheduled NBC I 
coast-to-coaster that night for Con 
tented Milk. A dramatic show wa 
substituted for this musical show 
Last, night (Tucs.) it was expected 
another NBC musical stanza would 
be hit, indications pointing to the 



One Peace Move 

The New York State Board of 
Mediation has stepped into one; 
. possible labor trouble spot in 
radio by summoning the Radio 
Directors Guild and reps of all 
lour webs to appear before it for 
a meeting "to conciliate differ- 
ences.' Gathering is skedded for 
.Fri. ( 5 ).' . 

Move comes on top of direc- 
tors' decision ten days ago to 
strike unless nets "quit stalling" 
in contract negotiations that have 
dragged on for months. 



'Tough Radio' 
Payoff Policy 
Now Rules ABC 



•''Tough radio" was the new policy 
toward which the ABC (Blue) web 
j was heading this week, now that the 
.topside layers of the organization 
; h'ad been thoroughly shaken by 
| board c.iairman Edward J. Noble. j 
I Jittery rank-aiid-filers, who were 
'wondering about who might be first ' 
I to go among them, were going I 
f I through the motions, doing their best 
to carry on along lines set by the 
outgoing Chester J. LaRoche-Hub- 
bcll Robinson. Jr.. combo. .Offices 
and studios were full of rumors, 



* Recent quickie strike on the NBC 
J S.l) d ABC nets has paid off hand- 
I somely for members of the Na- 
tional Assn. of Broadcast Engineers 
and Technicians who came, out of 
their negotiations with a new con- 
tract that brings them about $250,000 ' 
in back pay. and raises their yearly 
earnings to approximately the same 
figure. \ . : , ■' •>...• 

An agreement was signed between 
the two nets and the union last Fri- 
day 128). running until May 1, 1947. 
Contract is retroactive to. Sept. 1, 
1944. 

No specific figures were given in 
the official announcement of cul- 
mination of contract negotiations, 
signed by the union's prez, Allen T. 
Powley; Mark Woods, prez of ABC; 
and Frank E. Mullen, NBC veepee. 
Officially, "the agreement embodied 
a satisfactory compromise" between 
the -two sides. 

Apparently playing ball with the 
webs, to keep other unions from 
pressing for pay. hikes, NABET was 
as reticent about detailing the terms 
as were the network chiefs. It be- 
came known, however, that a very 
close evaluation of the contract 
terms shows the minimum salary for 
men with maximum experience, 
raised to $109 a week, against 
the old figure of $88. -Furthermore; 
the. maximum experience category, 
which .used to be nine years, was 
reduced to six years. The contract 
(Continued on page 46) 



AFM continuing, this "pressure" to do with "he's 

campaign indefinitely. However." „ ,. „,.„„ „,. 

neither ABC nor CBS has been af- ' Robinson guy, or this .s an 



■ Adrian Samish baby and it's likely 
. to stay." 

! Those who were banking on con- 
1 tinned support for ideas previously 
backed or endorsed by Samish, now 



Durr Hits Role 
Of Plugs on Air 



FCC Commissioner ' Clifford J. 
Durr, whose dissenting opinions in 
the commission have recently taken 
on more' and more of a "Brandeis- 
and-Holme.s" status , characteristic of 



r-.y Wr3 i 



deMille Foundation for Political 
Freedom, bringing out that the or- 
ganization lacks the basic principle 
of democracy by allowing only the 
directors, the right to vote on. the 
foundation's policies. 

In his speech. deMille traced his 
accomplishments in the entcrtain- 
mojit world, and dwelled Upon his 
Dutch ancestry back- as far' as 1647 



upped, into Robinson's place as vec- ,nfi u - s - Supreme Court a genera- 
pee in charge of programming, may | tlon i g0 ' has '-'shed out again against 
find themselves disillusioned. For, y ■ ?* '-"bos commercial prafjices. 

Addressing a forum at Christ 



gorv— mo: 

ting their first ratings of'the season | throughout the eountryybut devoted 
after a summer layoff, although in 



most of the 45 minutes allotcd to him 
in explaining why he formed the 
deMille Foundation, saying that it 
(Continued on page 46) 



some instances there had been form- 
at changes or other alterations. The 
three are Bob Hope, placing second 
with 20.6: "Best" and Judy Canova's 
Saturday nighter on NBC with 13.3. 

The complete list of the first 15 
among evening programs, and their 
latest Hooperal.cs are: 

"Lux Radio Theatre" 21.4 

Bob Hope 20.6 

"Screen Guild Players" 19.2 

"Mr. D. A." 17.6 

Edgar Bergcn-Charlie McCarthy 15.3 
"Take It or Leave It" ;.; 15 , 

Joan Davis (with Andy Russell) 14.6 demeanor for any broadcaster 



fected todatc, although latter web 
will reportedly be hit starting Fri- 
day 1 5 ). 

Tied to Local Tiffs 

Pctrillo allegedly claims that dif- 
ferences between two NBC affiliates. 
WAPO in Chattanooga, and WSMB, 

New Orleans i. and their local unions u . hiIe Samisn refused to discuss now i a forum at Christ 

must be settled before he Will sane- po j k , ies ; j ns j sUng {hat there would ' Church. N. Y.. last week (26), Durr 
lion smooth airing of musical shows be - resuUs t0 yn(nv without advance ur;!ecl the ,n,blic t0 iasist - by pres- 
on that aetwork. CBS Cha tanooga ba „ yhoo> ihere we - rc indlcations that "P 011 broadcasters, the FCC^and 

aflihatc, WOOD, is also balking at he wol|ld loI]ow lhe Noble policy of i Congress, that radio should not be 
renewing a contract for use of mu- t ,. tou „ n rat(io or radio that paye | controlled' "by those who would solve 
siciaiis on its programs, and Pctrillo : s J ch shows ,. s -Best Sellers," the : 01 "' problems' merely by wooing or 
reportedly is considering the same \ croKS-the-bonrd afternoon dramat i intimidating us into buying, more 

'$1^0^$^^ b i i >ii.:.' a i" c 'Li'r 0 -- -" >ls -" 

iscvwoiRs aiiu tneiF clients ar? ilt vi'oiV X^HJ^^H^HS?? 3ie*i4ftn*!i^'' 3m fr^m^HF ■tMmMtmm iMNMNwiijMi 

the middle. They claim the disputes day night "One Foot in Heaven," I material on the air, Durr declared 



between their affiliates and the AFM which has a Hooperating of only 2.7 [thct "excellent and objective news 
are local problems. Petrillo claims and which Samish reportedly never 
that the affiliates are stalling, and | 
the webs should use their good 



Catholics Rap WJZ On 
Harold Laski Talk, 
Get Time to Answer 

Accusing WJZ of violating a New- 
Jersey statute which makes it a mis- 

to 



bhst out against any religious de- 
nomination, John J. Cashman, mem- 
ber of the Bayonne (N. J.) Knights 



"This Is My Best" ..... 14.6 

'•Inner' Sanctum" ... 14.6 

Lowcil Thomas '.''.'. 13.8 

"Music Hall" ..-,.'■ 13.5 

•Judy Caiiova Show 133 i'" 1 ' Columbus, filed papers charging 

"Dr. Christian" "' 132 !. tliat Pl '" r - Harold Laski attacked the 

"People Ai.p- Fiitmv" " tr'2 j Roman Catholic Church in a speech 
■ . c t unny io.t l aj| . cd , ast Monday ,24) to the Span- 

ish Refugee Appeal rally at Madison 
Square Garden. N: Y. The transmit- 
j ter of this station is situated in Lodi. 
|.N. J. 'j./-.-,.;: 

ABC tBliic'i,' whose key station is 
| WJZ. has oll'cred time for a reply to 
tire NationatCcuneil of Catholic Men 
in VVashington. . .. :.' 

Prosecutor Walter G. Winne. at 
Haekcnsack. N. J,. disclosed that he 
had received -a letter from Robert E 
Kintiier. ABC veepee, recjuesting fur- 
ther ihfprii'iilt-ion on a complaint filed 
by a Bayonne resident against the 
broadcast. Kintner offered free time 
on tlic air in the complainant or a 
compcicnt representative to present 
his reply.' 

.Edward T. McCaffrey, national 
commander of the Catholic War Vet- 
erans, ha's been given time on ABC 
tn answer the Laski .charges. Mc- 
Caffrey will broadcast Mon. (8) at 
10 p.m. 



CBS CENSOR HOLIER 
THAN THE SPONSOR , 

CBS sandwiched itself in the mid- 
dle last Sun. 1 30) when it cut por- 
tions .from Gulf Oil's "We. the Peo- 
ple" broadcast.. Both the agency ex- 
ecutives (Young & Rubicam) and 
the advertiser were willing to okay 
a script by Kurt Singer. ' who at- 
• tacked Argentina's regime as terror- 
ists and also mentioned Fritz Mandl. 
its munitions czar. 

CBS deleted derogatory mentions 
against Argentina oil the grounds of 
broadcast "policy." Jan Schimek, 
Y eb 's head of commercial editing 
0 Ppt„ stiid that Singer may air any 
Ptiblic issues over CBS oil web's sus- 
taining time,, but policy prevents 
Public issues from being broadcast 
°ver commercially sponsored shows. 



f 

(ices to get the outlets to sign con- 
tracts for musicians with the AFM 
locals. 

Petifllo is appealing his case 
against NABET to the U. S. Supreme 
Court, but. meanwhile is indirectly 
showing his displeasure over the 
turn of events by citing this scries 
of unrelated grievances. Network 
exec's concede that the AFM action 
in pulling tootcrS from shows means 
serious difficulties in day-to-day op- 
erations. • 

The Southern outlets are seeking 
reiki- from a ruling where they have 
to pay salaries of six-man standby 
banc's despite fact they do not use 
their services. Networks state they 
are contractually obligated to feed 
an affiliate, although previously 
webs have been forced, from time to 
time, to cut off from the network the 



.iContinued on page 46) 



Swift Drops Saturday 
'Breakfast' Bankroll, 
But Show Stays in Chi 

Chicago, Oct. 2. 
Agreement has been reached be- 
tween Swift & Company and the 
ABC 1 BIucl tor packing firm to drop 
sponsorship of~its Saturday morn- ! broad 



i'ng "Breakfast Club," segment, ef- 
fective with the Oct. 27 broact'east. 
Network is now malting . efforts to l a 
clear the remaining 45-minutcs Sus- 
t 



cporting is sometimes overwhelmed 
[and deprived of its significance" by 
jihe commercials; and that commen- 
jtators are sometimes chosen for 
I "qualities of voice rather than of 
mind" and are "sometimes colored 
j by birs and prejudice. . .or reflect 
the vxws of the sponsor who pays 
the bill." 

j Durr charged further that, good 
programs i.re either shoved off the 
air by commercials, or put on at bad 
listening hours. He added: "More 
and more, the creative talent of pro- 
ducers, writers, actors and musicians 
i.s bciiTj; s illcd under the urge of 
— stcrs for greater profits and 

!of. 



on Mutual. He said that such 
j intimate agency-net relations result 



■ when certain musical shows were in 

(progress.-. ... : ;= •',,'. . ..- 

j But everybody feels that the 
..squabble?.. down South arc only ex- 
1 cuses I. ir Pctrillo. By court order, he 
.■ would be' in contempt if he pulled a 
! strike openly, basing it on displeas- 
| ure oyer the NABET deal. So he is 
1 taking this way Oiit. 

Benkena With Assoc. 

|- ^--r------ \v"ashington, Oct. 2. 

I Eeiward Dcnkcna has joined the 
-announcing staff of the new Asso- 
; dated Broadcasting Corp. 
' Df.nkcnn has been in radio about 
.15 years with WOOD and WLAV. at 
Grand Urtpids, and with WKZO, Kal- 
j amazoo. ">.'. 



idvcrtiscrs • for more insistent 
I plugging bt their goods.". 

Plugging away at the theme, Durr 
Icelarcd that last year four agencies 
, handled' 38% of CBS business, 37"i 
n ing time, aired by the entire ; „f |j le business on ABC (Blue), and 
chain, in order to give Don McNeill, I 3l , 
"Club" maestro, an added day of j 

'•'.;.•'.: v. . j'in "nclwoi'k ra.:es and practices .-. 

E. -R. Boi'off. ABC vice-president ; set to fr.vof.-thq big customer against 
in eliarg.e of central operations, : the little one." 
denied again hist week that the' 
"Breakfast Club" would move to' 
New .York; He disclosed that ex- 
isting agreements between ABC and 
McNeill, effective through 1050, pro- 
vice thai the show may annually | 



originate in New York for an ap- 
proximate period of two weciks, 
•which it did last May, in conjunction 
witli the Se\-cntli War Loan Drive 
and again in early September when 
Philco began its part of show's spon- 
sqrslTi'p; "A change in origination 
point, at this time would result in 
no apparent advantages, cither from 
a managerial or production stand- 
point." Boro/f stated in scotching the 
rumors that seem to crop up every 
so often. 



FCC TO HEAR NBC, CBS 
PROTESTS ON N.Y. FM 

Washington, Oct. 2. 

FCC has scheduled a bearing for : 
Oct. 15 on protests filed by CBS and 
?.'EC against the assignments which 
the commission has made to existing • 
FM stations in the New York rhetro- 
po ilan district. To data these are the 
only protests received regarding the 
new FM frequency assignments. 

CBS and NBC have been directed 
to file statements by Oct. 10 speci- 
fying the . frequencies which they 
would like to get in New York 



36 



RADIO REVIEWS 



Wednesday, October 3. 1915 



Eddie cantor show 

With Thelma Carpenter, Bert Gor- 
don, Billie Gray. Leonard Sues 
arch, liarry Von /.ell 
Producers - Directors: Dave Elton, 

Bruce Kamman - 
•Writers: Robert O'Brien. ta> Elinson 
::o Mins.; Wed., 9 p.m. ' 
BRISTOL-MYERS, IJMM- 
WBAF.-NBC. New York 

lYouny & Rvbivam> 
Eddie Cantor is back for the sea- 
son With the same bounce. He re- 
sumed tor Bristol-Myers (Sal Hepat- 
ic;! and Ti'ushayl to bountiful re- 
turns which even that Hiroliilo-vis- 
iting-MacArthur news flash couldn t 
interrupt. Backed by the same 
sturdy team — the Mad Russian. 
Harry Von Zcll and Leonard Sues- 
Cantor introduced a new singer in 
Nora Martin's place. She's the dusky 
Thelma Carpenter who zinged with 
"Happiness Is a Thins Called Joe. 

Otherwise the socko script, . for 
which Robert O'Brien and Izzy (now 
announced as Irving) ElUnson get 
air-billing, was timely, topical and 
tiptop. Accent was on postwar re- 
conversion and ran the gamut from 
Jap gprdeners, fugitive from Tokyo 
white horses, draft boards, women 
back in the home, peacetime news- 
casters, polite waiters, etc.. to a seri- 
ous pitch once again tor Cantor s 
■ Xmas drive, slogancd "give a gift to. 
a Yank wlio gave." Last year the 
comedian was instrumental in real- 
izing 1.500.000: Xmas packages, and 
the goal is greater this year lor GIs 
in Afriiy and Navy hospitals. 

Otherwise Bert Gordon's zany 
Russian comedy is as effective as 
eve.: young Sues is the same el : 
feclive '-'-voting- man with the horn : 
Von Zell handles lines like a legit: 
and Cantor projects like an atomic 
bomb. It's a fast 30 mins. Wednes- 
day nights. " . Abel. 

"STAR THEATRE" 

With Ja«es Melton, Annamary 
Dickev. Lvn Murray Choi us,. David 
Rroekman Orch.; Guest, Ethel 
Smith 

Producer: Henry Souvaine 
Writer: Frank Phares 
30 Mins.; Sun.. 9:30 p.m. 
TEXACO -CO. 
W ABC-CBS. N. Y. 

(Biielifliifmt 

Initial show of the Texaco Star 
Theatre, starring James Mellon and j 
Annamary Dickey, was a highly suc- 
cessful session of longhair vocals, 
marred only.'it seemed, by errors 
in pacing. Otherwise, it proved a 
last 30 minutes of extremely attrac- 
tive music bolstered by the Lyn Mur- 
ray chorus and David Broekman's 
excellent orchestral backgrounding. 

Major error in pacing occurred in 
the fiTsl few minutes. Annamary 
Dickey, whose work runs a close 
second to Melton's as feature of the 
show, was introduced for her first 
song via a duet with the tenor. It 
hardly added to her "first show" 
prestige to be so coupled. She was 
followed immediately by guest, or- 
ganist Ethel Smith's "Toca-Tu Sam- 
ba." well done. 

However, from a strict viewpoint 
of musical pleasure, the Texaco crew 
put on a star show. Melton's tremen- 
dously lusty and accurate tenor and 
Miss Dickey's warm and rich soprano 
made a field clay of it. Her "April in 
Parts" was a gem. As for Mellon, 
he launched the half hour in brilliant 



"Oklahoma!" a nd closed 
with music from "Martha." 



mmmm f§ 

losed n iikijwi.™ 



backed 

both times by the Murray chorus. 

Writing of the show was also com- 
mendable, with the exception of the 
introductions at the outset via which 
Melton presented the various per- 
sonalities to listeners. This brought 
each to the mike "to say a lew 
words." It was corny and as palatable 
as cured cowhide. 

John Reed King does introes and 
handles commercials, which hammer 
at the theme of keeping cars in shape 
with a Texac-0 "once over." It's to be 
assumed that the sponsor has • in 
mind those aged jallopies stored in 
Melton's garage (he's a vintage auto- 
mobile collector) as the basis for 
some kind of advertising campaign. 
Melton, the cars and Texaco treat- 
ment seem like a natural. Wood. 



DANNY KAYE SHOW 
With Goodman Aee. Butterfly Mc- 
Queen, Everett Clark, David Terry 
orch 

Writer- Producer: Goodman Ate 
Special Material: Abe Burroughs, 

Sylvia Fine 
::0 Mins.; F.rl., 10:30 p.m. 
PABST BEER 
WABC-CBS, New York 

iWiincic').- & Lf filer) 

Much inlra-trade fanfare attended 
the resumption of the Danny Kaye- 
Pab'sl scries, with accent on the. jS.- 
000 weekly writing-directing fee to 
Goodman "Aee (Easy Aces). As it 
tame off Friday night, it certainly 
was a significant effort towards adult 
radio, but shaped up more .as a one- 
shot show. It left little for Kayo's 
fans to hang on for six weeks, when 
he returns from, a USO tour. 

Goodie Aee. with Abe Burroughs 
(long Ed Gardner's "Duffy's Tavern" 
Scripter) and Sylvia Fine (Mr*. 
Kaye") combined their sophisticated 
talents to a sophisticated sum total 
which wasn't .lusty enough for the 
average-type radio fan. 

As Aee. who was doing an anony- 
mous straight for the show's comedy 
star, plaintively suited, this was to 
be a "different''' radio comedy show. 
There would be no issues raised 
about the stellar comic being cheap, 
or wearing a West more,' or lacking 
s.fi.. or having things fall out of hall- 
closets. No insults, no ribbing the 
orchestra, no thankyous. and all the 
other radio comedy cliches. 

The pattern proceeded ils expect- 
ed way with more or less effect. It 
was somewhat disturbing to observe 
that in the one. inconsistent moment 
when Kaye and his authors contra- 
dicted themselves, because they did 
pull a Fibber & Molly things-tum- 
blirig-out-from-the - closet sound-ef- 
fect, it got a bigger bofi'o than when 
the pseudo-medico went through a 
thorough physical to attest to Kaye's 
own hirsute adornment, own teeth, 
no fallen arches, and the like. 

The song satires, including the re- 
pudiation of "Atchison. Topeka." 
were good. Burroughs' nonsense ditty. 
"I'm- in Love with the Girl with the 
Three Blue Eyes"— and that nifty ad 
lib. "Who makes her glasses'.'" ;:: ^!vns 
the first. Miss Fine authored "Don't 
Take No tor an Answer Blues," 
j which was the musical production 
keynote' tied in with the star's Com- 
munity and National War Fund 
Drive pilch. 

Pabst's Beer, for its commercial, 
likewise was in the same smart vein 
—"No sneaking up on the listeners 
with a commercial. We're gonna 
warn them (business of screaming i 
sirens I. Commercial coining up. \ 
OK on Commercial. Quiet, Commer- 
cial coming up! Roger— over.:..-" 
And then comes the simple com- 
mercial, "Folks, drink Pabst." That's 
all. 

One wonders how that idea can be 
utilized again because this, along 
with the rest of the Goodman Ace- 
Abe Burroughs-Danny Kaye format 
shapes up as a one-time-only pro- 
gram" idea. 

Mr. Brown of the National' War 
Fuhd and Clarence B. Randall, vee- 
pee of the Community War Fund 
Drive, got most of the "commercial" 
spot, a noteworthy and noble con- 
tribution indeed, with Kaye spot- 
lighted as the radio comedian chosen 
by both Funds to kick-off this year's 
campaigns. This is where Kaye with 

*80*'H?'hu?pli9?!or''R9' uu^Sri'^fV.'^'f 1 
swer Blues." when the fund-raisers ' trades i from 
come around. Harris Pcrlstein. 
Pabst pre?., is also v. p. of the Chi 
Community Fund, hence the gener- 
ous slice of the program's time to 



"FORD SUNDAY EVENING HOCR" 
With Gladvs Swarthout, Fritz Reiner 
and orch.: Charles Lay ton, an- 
nouncer 

Producer-director: William .1. Retl- 

fiiek 

60 Mins.: Sun., 8 P. M. 
1 OR I) MOTOR CO. 
H'.IZ ABC, N. Y. 

(Keiij/dii & EeJ. ; li«TtII i, 
A familiar, tried format has its 
advantages. The Ford Sunday 
Evening Hour, beginning its ninth 
Season on the air Sunday (30 >— its 
first on ABC after jls long stay on 
CBS— was *the typical Ford light 
classical program of folksong, opera 
and marches. "as familiar as bacon 
and as welcome as rare wine. Henry 
Ford Il's brief intermission talk was 
of the same homey quality, offering 
the program again to the radio 
audience "as a token of good will." 
From opening (and closiug) "Hansel 
and Gretel" theme-song and to usual 
parting hymn, it was the pleasant, 
mellow Ford hour, good to hear. The 
lack of commercials — just the Ford 
Sunday Hour— was, in similar good 
taste. . 

Gladys Swarthout. guest on the 
opening program, was in very good 
voice, as she sang five numbers, two 
folksongs with piano accompani- 
ment. "I Wonder as I Wander" and 
"Go 'Way From My Window," and 
Lara's "Granada." "Angelus" and 
"Loch Lomond" with orchestra. 

Orch. under baton of Fritz Reiner, 
of the Pittsburgh Symphony (the 
ensemble will have a series of first- 
rank guest? conductors this season), 
played music from United Nations in 
sumptuous style. Numbers included 
Morton Gould's "American Salute," 
Dvorak's "Slavonic Dance" No. 3. the 
March from Tchaikovsky's Sixth 
Symphony. Elgar's "Pomp and Cir- 
cumstance." and Soiisa's "Stars and 
Stripes Forever." Closing hymn, 
impressively done by Miss Swart- 
hout. chorus, and orchestra, was ap- 
propriately enough "America the 
Beautiful." ■■■-;'•' Btoh. 



Let Hatred Ring! 



I Fulton Lewis, Jr.. has hated the name of Roosevelt from "wav back 
A "Variety" front-page story by Jack Hcllman last week ( 28) * telling 
for the first time Elliott Roosevelt's detailed version of his affiliation 
with the Texas Network, seemed to arouse Lewis. 

Lewis gave 10 minutes of his 15-minute Mutual newscast last Thurs- 
day (27) to innunendo against Roosevelt and "Variety." hinting that 
"Variety" was attempting to pull Roosevelt chestnuts out of lues, and 
inferring that both Roosevelt and "Variety" are not the types to work 
themselves to the bone to repay an honest debt. Lewis called his 
stanza "the top of the news." Is undying Roosevelt-hatred top radio 4 ' 

; v.v'- ; - ' ; •, v. ' r-y. : cm*. ' : 



"OPERATIC REVtiE" 
With Frances Greer, Hugh Thomp- 
son. Robert Marshall. Sylvan 
Levin and Orch: Frank Waldecker. 
Announcer 
Producer: Jack Irish 
Writer: Stephen Storaee 
30. Mins.; Sun., 10 p.m. 
Sustaining: 
WOR-Mulual. N. Y. 

Mutual'* "Operatic Revue" is a 
fresh approach to a familiar theme — 
a program of opera in English em- 
phasizing (though not in so many 
words > the fact that such a program 
is feasible, and that opera per se can 
be a part of popular entertainment. 
It also lets one in on a little secret, 
that opera is no embarrassing mys- 
tery but quite an interesting thing 
when understandable, especially 
when sung by young, well-trained, 
appealing voices, clearly enunciated, 
as on Sunday's (30) premiere. 

The program, conducted by Mu- 
tual's new music director. Sylvan 
Levin, had the ring ot authority as 
well as sparkle, with Levin's operatic 
background evident throughout in 
his handling of singers as well as of 
the accompanying orchestra. Latter, 
goodly in size as well as quality. 
! was led in skilled, sensitive support 
| of the three soloists as well as in 
i several orchestral selections of its 
As^ for the singers, Met bari- 

Barber ot Seville." 
doing it in a fine, clarion voice, with 
a good deal of spirit and verve, and 
with great humor, yet never bur- 
lesquing it as do some of his more 



"ROGUE'S GALLERY" 

With Dick Powell, Gloria Blondell. 
Herbert Rawlinson, 1. urine Tuttle, 
Peter Lends. Gerry Moore, Jay 
Novallo, Ted Von Eltz, Bob Bruce, 
LeiKi Stevens Orch; Jim Doyle, 
announcer 

Writer: Kay Buffitm 

Producer - Director: Devere Engel- 
baoh 

?.» Mins.; Thursdays. 8:30 p.m. 
F. W. FITCH CO. 
WOR-Muliial. N.-y. 

(L. ft I. Rmiisey ) 

"Rogue's Gallery" returned to the 
airwaves last Thursday (27) after 
summer hiatus, with Dick Powell 
continuing in stellar role. Format 
of dramat series remains unchanged, 
with each stanza a complete story 
projecting Powell as Richard Rogue, 
private dick, who continues to beat 
the regular coppers to solution of 
crime. ' •.. ':,' • . .. . 

In this one. Powell's aid has been 
enlisted by an ex-convict, who is 
anxious to locate a mobster-pal who 
"owes him something." Only clue is 
to find the gal who had been room- 
mate of the ex-con's gal, who sang 
in a nightclub when he went up the 
river.; She's located by Rogue and 
simultaneously bumped off, but 
Rogue picks up a thread that leads 
to his quarry. It 'then develops that 
his client merely wanted the gent to 
polish him oil for haying framed 
him on a manslaughter rap. Rogue 
frustrates this and turns his catch 
over to the cops: his client to an- 
swer a bank robbery rap: and the 
would-be victim and his gal for the 
murder for -which the ex-con was 
framed. 

Stanza is part narrative, with 
Powell doubling as narrator and 
crime detector. He docs ably on both. 
Gloria Blondell and Gerry Moore 
are okay as the women in the case, 
with good performances also turned 
in by the large supporting cast. 
Leith Stevens handles musical back- 
ground neatly, with Devere Engcl- 
bach turning in good job on direc- 
tion. 

Jim Doyle carries the triple pitch 
for th - sponsor. Edba. 



these drives. j famous contemporaries. The (stu- 

Next followed more of the same I fli< " ovation was as deserved as was 
satirizing of radio, with the exposi- I tenor Robert Marshall's for his 
tion that a guy sits at the piano and I sparkling, dramatic rendition ot the 



suddenly a full orchestra sneaks in: 



"luckily we- have a piano which | Mgnma 
sounds like an orchestra." is the in- ' 
I io. for the David Terry musical 
fanfare. ' The former chief arranger 
lor Andre Ko.stelanetz has a crack 



"This Fi-ail Hand" C'Che Gelida 



"JOE CUMMISKEY— SPORTS" " 
lv Mins.: Mon. thru Sat.. 6:30 p.m. 
Sustaining 
WOV, N. Y,'' ' . 

Joe Cummiskey, PM's three-letter 
sports editor, is the latest edition to 
the fold of radio sportscasters. and 
the field is beginning to feel crowd- 
ed. Cummiskey. a colorful writer, 
w as expected to turn out a startlirigly 
good radio format. The anticipation 
excelled the act itself; first session 
was just another ordinary sports re- 
view. 

If he wants to build and maintain 
a sizable audience for hjs six-nights- 
a-week slot, .Cummiskey will have 
to develop something in the line of 
gimmicks or a uniqueness in. style 
and delivery. As is. show allows an 
indie to join the majors in being able 
to program merely another sports- 
Cast! Cummiskey introduced him- 
self- ami then rambled to and fro 
among the sport, events past and 
present, dishing out routine chatter 
and pliophecy, 

Cummiskey is said to be unique 
among sports writers because he 
doesn't get excited about anything 
unless it's worth while getting ex- 
cited about. In all probability, then, 
lie lailecl to get excited about his 
own show. 



i from "La Boheme." 
Met soprano Frances Greer, as 
third principal, also charmed with 
the "Jewel Song" from "Faust," and 
, "Summertime" from "Porgy and 
iggregatioh of 35. There's more tall: ! Bess." the three artists also singing 
about no cracks anent "Dave Terry ! the Trio from 'Faiist ' as a finale, 
and his Hungry Relatives": no I This program series started off right 
thankyous for the orchestra, the em- I well. Brou. 

cee. the audience's applause— "this — . -v- 

program is gonna be. a thankless j "REVIEWING STAND'' 

job." : - . r~. PWith . Abraham Plotkiii, Maynard 

. Butterfly McQueen was the one- | Krueeef, Ira Andrews 
woman Danny Kaye Fan Club of ! Moderator: James H. McBurney 
America. Incorporated, for a comedy .30 Mins.; Sun., 11:30 p.m. 
sequence — a good character .who Sustaining ' 
will be durable for more in future, j WOR-MBS, N. Y. 
Then more pitch for the Fund, with j Prompted by the recent cancella- 
a Gilbert & . Sullivan lyrical patter: i tions ol war contracts, the program 
emphasis on "no insult gags on this j "Reviewing Stand" on Sun. (30) took 
program": and the signofT was a play ] tip the question of labor's wants and 
on Danny Kaye. Sammy Kaye. Bea- j sent out ' to Mutual listeners some 
trice Kay. Kay Francis. Andre Kay- I plausible commentaries and analyses 
stelanetz. It was a show that didn't j on the subject. Three questions were 
quite come off 100'"; OK. It origi- : asked during this forum: Is labor 



nated in Chicago from the 2.600- 
capacity Orchestra Hall, long a long- 
hair sanctorium. 

Kaye meantime left immediately 
aftei his inaugural show for a six- 
week USO-Camp .Shows tour of the. 
Pacific. A succession of gucstars. 
comprising Frank Sinatra. Easy 
Aces. Burns &. Allen. Duraiite-Moorc 
will pinch-hit . until lie resumes. 
That means seven weeks hence Kaye 
will' have to start fresh all over 
again. Abel. 



Raleigh, N. t'.— The National Labor 
Relations Board, has announced that 
employees of WPTF Radio Company 
in Raleigh.. had designated AFRA as 
their collective bargaining agent in 
September. 



I justified in its demands'.' Can indus- 
I try. . meet these demands? What 
should be the role of Government? 

Answers, more often lucid than 
muddy, were given, by a competent 
panel of authorities: Abraham Plot- 
kin, regional director of the Midwest 
International Ladies Garment Work- 
ers Union: Maynard Krueger, pro- 
fessor of economics at University of 
Chicago: Ira Andrews, manager of 
industrial and public relations of 
Douglas Aircraft Co.: and .fames H. 
McBurney. dean of the school of 
speech at Northwestern University. 

Among some 'of the points made 
were: Wages have to be high enough 
to - underwrite full employment: in- 
dustry should increase wages for its 
own good: workers are eager to 
work regardless of the type job, as 
long as it's at a livable wage. . 



GINNY SIMMS SHOW 

With Ginny Simms, Frank Morgan, 

l.t. Lee Draper, Frank |>« Vol 

orch, Don Wilson 
Produoer-Director: Ned Polliii'rr 
Writer: Artie Phillips 
30 Mins.; Fri.. 7:3* p.m. 
BORDEN CO. 
WABC-CBS. N. Y. 

(Young & Ritbicain ) 

Ginny Simms having had a. suc- 
cessful summer run on NBC under 
Phillip Morris auspices with the 
showcasing rvf recently discharged 
GI talent, hasn't changed the format 
to any great extent in transferring 
affiliations to Bordens. However, 
with stifl'er competition from top fall 
shows, program is now going in lor 
gucstars as hypo. 

Judging from initial canto (28). it's 
going according to plan with Miss 
Simms' warbling. Frank Morgan's 
comedies, along with showcasing of 
a fine baritone voice by Lt. Lee 
Draper whose singing of "What a 
Difference a Day Makes" got him a 
$100 weekly contract at a Las Vegas 
.nitery. 

Show entertainment throughout, 
isn't slowed down by the commer- 
cials which are given Don Wilson 
touch. Burden's evaporated moo is 
nicely kidded and spiels are well, 
paced. 

Frank Dp Vol's orch provides 
strong showbacking. , Jose. 



"MR. & MRS. REPORTER" 
With Margie Si Royal Arch Gunnison 
15 Mins.: Mon. -Fri., 1 p.m. 
Sustaining 

WABY-Motual. Albany 

This is a new. and on the basis of 
Friday's broadcast (28). an interest- 
ing and slightly different program in 
the field of current news develop- 
ments. For it. Gunnison, veteran 
Mutual war correspondent whose 
bold broadcasts from the Philippines 
in the days the Japanese started to 
overrun the islands were memorable, 
and his wife, also interned alter the 
Nips captn'-'-ri the archipelago, em- 
ploy special-assignment reportorial 

STurrr-s,- *!nggingi9^irmi^^ff^ 
elusive angles, to give the air ver- 
sion a special twist. Dependence is 
not primarily on straight stuff com- 
ing over the teletype, although there 
is some of this. (Incidentally, pro- 
gram is not broadcast over WOR, 
MBS outlet in N. Y. i 

Highlight perhaps of stanza heard 
was the Gunnisons' report on the 
general strike situation as viewed 
by the AFL and CIO. William Green. 
AFL president, preferred to' with- 
hold his views until' he attended the 
labor-management meeting called by 
President Truman. Philip Murray, 
CIO head, was more explicit. Ho. told 
Gunnison, via phone from Pitts- 
burgh, that the CIO had faith in the 
new Secretary of Labor, and in let- 
ter's desire to "serve the best inter- 
ests of the nation." When Mrs. Gun- 
nison started to list labor's reason 
for current wave of strikes, Gunni- 
son cut in this was only one side. 
He had tried to obtain the Opinion 
of management by calling the presi- 
dent of the National Assn. of Manu- 
facturers, but todate Without suc- 
cess: hoped to later. There is, of 
course, some danger in presenting 
one side of a controversy which 
Gunnison, as an experienced nev/_s- 
papermau would avoid. 

Another matter on which the Gun- 
nisons chatted— the format is in that 
direction— was the proposal to build 
a "moving sidewalk" in San Fran- 
cisco. The Christian Science Moni- 
tor was credited with this story. 
Mrs. Gunnison tabbed, for later, a 
report she would make alter check- 
ing with the War .Department on 
the status of civilian internees in 
Shanghai. Gunnison was to tell of a 
very light artificial hand which a 
war veteran in New Jersey had in- 
vented for himself. 

From first item, about Far East, 
it was clear that it is a live news 
field in which the couple, and espe- 
cially Gunnison, speak with consid- 
erable authority. He possesses a 
clear, pleasant voire and an engag- 
ing radio personality. He is one war 
correspondent who sounds.' the slim™ 
In a New York studio as on DX's. 

J«co. 



"COSMO TUNE TIME" 

With Alan Kent. Henry Busse orch, 

Enric Madriguera orch, Bernie 
_Weissm an o rch;. Four Chicks 

Chuck and Buddy- Moreno~ ' — ~ 
Producer: Morgan Ryan 
Director: John Wilson 
Writer: Nancy Webb 
30 Mins-; Sat.. 9:30 p.m. 
REICHHOLD CHEMICALS 
MBS-WOR, N. Y. 

IGrniit) 

Straight pop music programs have 
not survived the rigorous competi- 
tion given thein by the variety lay- 
outs when there's a half-hour to be 
filled. Proof of that is the fact that 
Fitch Band Wagon is the sole sur- 
vivor in that field, and in that case 
there's some question of whether its 
choice time slot is mainly responsi- 
ble. Cosmopolitan records' attempt 
to go along in the straight musical 
idiom hasn't helped the cause of the 
straight music show, since it only 
provides added proof that the format 
has long been outdated. 

In case of this program, the choice 
of talent is limited to those sponsor 
has signed to recording contracts. 
Cosmopolitan is a fledgling firm and 
doesn't have the talent backlog of 
the older established setups. Con- 
sequently there's too much limita- 
tion in what it's attempting to do. 

Talent heard on preem (29) is in- 
dividually okay, , Alan Kent emcees 

rt iws mm mm* 

life into introes of bands remoted in 
from Hollywood (Enric Madriguera) 
aid Detroit (Henry Busse), along 
with talent and house orch on hand 
in the N 1 . Y. studio. Vocal interest is 
supplied by Four Chicks and Chuck 
and Buddy Moreno, former Harry 
James vocalist. All give satisfac- 
tory recitals, but the combo isn't 
enough to beat the outdated format. 

Commercials stress the art and 
science. -keynote. Reichhold Chemi- 
cals, a plastics outfit, which recently 
acquired Cosmopolitan records, 
soundly plugs longwearing qualities 
of disk; Jose. 



"ASK THE WOMEN" 

With Bernice E. Hedges. Mrs. Willis 

Hanson. Jr., Mrs. A. Wayne Mer- 

ri»m, Charles II. Huntley, others 
15 Mins.; Tues., 0:30 p.m. 
Sustaining 
WGY, Schenectady 

Opening broadcast iii a new series 
had a good idea which was imper- 
fectly developed and therefore lack- 
ing in radio pull and lift. "Ask 
Women" is a roundtable in which 
several prominent Schenectady area 
women discuss topics propounded by 
Huntley, one-time editorial writer 
and scripter of a successful historical 
series, via WGY. titled "Your Home 
Town." On initial stanza, the ques- 
tions had been prepared. On subse- 
quent ones, listeners' queries will be 
included, A statement by Huntley 
seemed to indicate the program 
would not depend exclusively upon 
dialers for discussion topics. It had 
been announced that in addition to 
universal peacetime Military train- 
ing, feeding of war-ravaged Euro- 
pean countries and other interna- 
tional and national matters, radio 
and motion pictures would be on the 
agenda. ' .■ ■ ' 

Two basic daws on opening shot 
were: Use of too many questions 
(five), for a quarter-hour, with con- 
sequent superficial treatment of sev- 
eral: failure to observe voice iden- 
tification. Peacetime military dratt- 
ing can not be adequately discussed 
iii two minutes— to cite, ah example. 
(Continued on page 48) 



Wednesday, October 3, .1945 



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tjj WrtWstUy, Ortolx-r 3, 

CBS HOLLYWOOD STARS IN SECOND 
SENSATIONAL PREVIEW BROADCAST! 

THANKS ••• to the sponsors who "showcased" their CBS top Hollywood programs at the CBS Vine 
Street Playhouse on September 23. 

THANKS • • •to the great agencies, producers, writers, directors wlio combined their skills and talents 

to present this magnificent 90-ininute preview. 
and especially, 

THANKS •• • to the artists themselves— the CBS hcadliiiers— who gave America's listeners this superb 
foretaste of the brilliant programs "coming up" on CBS. Thanks to— / 

WILLIAM N. ROBSON (producer and director) ... LIONEL BARRYMORE, AGNES MOOREHEAD . . . FRANK SINATRA .. . 
JIMMY DURANTE, GARRY MOORE, ELVIA ALLMAN . . . JOAN DAVIS, ANDY RUSSELL, HARRY VON ZELL, VERNA FELTON, 
SHIRLEY MITCHELL ... OZZIE NELSON, HARRIET HILLIARD, JOEL DAVIS . . NELSON EDDY, ROBERT ARMBRUSTER . . . 
GINNY SIMMS ... LUX RADIO THEATRE WITH DON AMECHE, CLAUDETTE COLBERT . . . GENE AUTRY ... . . PENNY 
SINGLETON, ARTHUR LAKE, HAN LEY STAFFORD . . . MARLIN HURT . . . REGINALD GARDINER, EDWARD ARNOLD, 
DEL SHARBUTT . . . ANN SOTHERN . . . JEAN HERSHOLT. . . WILBUR HATCH AND THE SCREEN GUILD ORCHESTRA 



Wednesday, October 3, 1945 



39 





CBS 

MILLIONS THRILLED AGAIN ! 



CKAC, Montreal, Quebec 

^"Overwhelming number of phone 
calls demanding more." 

KARM, Fresno, Calif. 

"Outstanding reaction." 

KDA1, Duloth, Minn. - 

"Outstanding radio entertainment in 
every way." 

KEYS, Corpus Christi, Texas 

"Swell." 

KFAB, Lincoln, Neb. 

"Nothing but compliments." 

KFBB, Great Falls, Mont. 

"A bang-up show." 

KFPY, Spokane, Wash. 

, "Good reaction." 

KGBS, Harlingen, Texas 

"What a program!" 

KGDM, Stocfcton, Calif. 

"Listened to and enjoyed." 

KGLO, Mason City, Iowa 

"Well received." 

KGVO, Missoula, Mont. 

"Completely enthusiastic." 

KIZ, Denver, Col. 

"A great show." 

KMBC, Kansas City, Mo. 

"A colossal party. . . a wonderful 
showcase." 

KNX, Los Angeles, Calif. 

"Reaction . .. universally enthusiastic." 

KOIN, Portland, Ore. 

"Response... highly flattering." 



KOMA, Oklaho ma Cto^'do,.**, 

^Mtti : >^^iJ!1^Stie7f^w\he super double 
bill." 

KOTA, Rapid City, S. D. 

""Greatest promotion in industry's 
history." 

KOY, Phoenix, Arii. 

"Was most enthusiastic and satisfac- 
tory." N * 

WW, San Francisco, Calif. 

"Robson gets the nod." 



KSL, Salt lake City, Utah 

"Unexcelled radio. ..a brilliant pro- 
duction." 

KTBC, Austin, Texas 

' "Well received by KTBC listeners. 
Wonderful promotion," 

KTSA, San Antonio, Texas 

. "These shows were swell elegant." 

KTUC, Tucson, Ariz. 

"Gives the rest of the boys something 
to shoot at." 

KTUL, Tulsa, Okla. 

"A real radio show — fast moving, 
clever and perfect liming." 

KTYW, Yakima, Wash. 

"Really did a job." 
KWFT, Wichita Falls, Texas 

"Great enjoyment and interest." 

KWKH, Shreveport, la. 

"Swell broadcast." 

WADC, Akron, Ohio 

"Marvelous entertainment." 

WAPI, Birmingham, Ala. 

"The biggest show in town turned 
out exactly that." 

WBAB, Atlantic City, M. J. 

"CBS has done a fine job.'' 

WBBM, Chicago, III. 

"Show one of the finest of its kind." 

WBIG, Greensboro, N. C. 

"Well liked, enjoyabje." 

WBRY, Waterbury, Conn. 

natjjjr.o'is aatee_rtien» ; 

WCAO, Baltimore, Md. 

"Calls to station expressed appre- 
ciation... stressed ingenuity." 

WCAU, Philadelphia, Pa. 

"Reaction excellent." 
WCAX, Burlington, Vt. 

"Received with acclaim." 

WCCO, Minneapolis, Minn. 

"...General reaction good." 



WCHS, Charleston, W. Va. 

"We've had a lot of fine comment." 

WCSC, Charleston, S. C. 

v "Thoroughly enjoyed by all." 

WDB J, Roanoke, Va. 

"... Received as well as first." 

WDBO, Orlando, Fla. 

"Do not have sufficient Hollywood 
adjectives to express opinion.". ' 

. WDNC, Durham, N. C. 

"A sensation .. .'Tops' is the word." 

WOWS, Champaign, III. 

"Best... heard in a long time." , 

WEOA, Evansville, Ind. 

"Program was 'tops'." * . 

WFEA, Manchester, N. H. 

"Congratulations on fine showman- 
ship." 

WGAN, Portland, Maine 

"Overwhelming enthusiasm." 

WGAR, Cleveland, 0. 

"Ought to be an annual thing." 

WGBI, Scranton, Pa. 

"A.credit to the network." 

WGST, Atlanta, Ga. 

"Excellent!" 

WHAS, Louisville, Ky. 

"Best promotion program for the 
season." 

WHCU, Ithaca, N.Y. 

"Listener and station reaction very 
good." 

^ ■■trV£CfeAe^^%% -^ £ ; 

"Another top production."' "^""SfcSftl 

WHUB, Cookeville, Tenn. 

"Substantiated CBS as 'The Biggest 
Show in Town'." 

<••■.'. 

WKIX, Columbia, S. C. 

"Barrymore and Sinatra made , 
listening history." 

WKRC, Cincinnati, Ohio 

"Listener comment^.. more than 
favorable." 



WKZO, Kalamazoo, Mich. 

"CBS has delivered another knock- 
out punch." . 

WLAC, Nashville, Tenn. 

"Great show. ..great contribution." 

WMAS, Springfield, Mass. 

"Listener reaction tops." 

WMBS, Uniontown, Pa. ' 

"The finest we have ever had." 

WMMN, Fairmont, W.Va. 

"Another first for CBS." 

WMT, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 

.■ "Another great show." 

WNBF, Binghamton, N. Y. 

"Terrific show." 

WQAM, Miami, Fla. 

"Excellent promotion and entertain- 
ment." 

WRBL, Columbus, Ga. 

"Received wide acclaim." 

WRVA, Richmond, Va. 

"Congratulations on a great show." 

WSAU, Wausau, Wise. • 

"Congratulations." 

WSPA, Spartanburg, S.C. 

"Tremendous listener loyalty." 

WTAD, Quincy, III. 

"Temfic." :,V : : 

WTAG, Worcester, Mass. 

"Excellently done ... supreme bit of 
promotion." 

WTAQ, Green Bay, Wise. 

"We liked Sunday's show." 

WTOP, Washington, D.C. 

standing. 

WWl, New Orleans, la. 

"Wonderful." 

WWNC,Asheville,N.C. 

"Delighted with direction and per- 
formance." 

WWNY,Watertown,N.Y. 

"Par in excellence with first broad- 
' cast." ■ 



This is CBS... the Columbia Broadcasting System 




40 



TELEVISION 



VRriety 



Wednesday, October 3, 194.5 



Package Agencies Seen on Inside 
Track As Video's Pix Distribs 



Advertising and "radio package ', within'. next six mouths, according^ 

agencies sMilV and .large, '.are, be- j;' 0 / v V , - ' 

.■geiiwes sitiuii .-..;.<. . . Just, 'as ad agencies in radio have 
ginning to look toward* film market, , m!U1 aged the- sale rather. than 



jug for television as one of the 
added respoiisibititics. video will 
throw upon their .shoulders when 
tele : network operations commence; 
With theatre ! exhibitors! remaining 
main outlet of the pix distribs. tele 
business, will require new setups 
which may establish themselves 



Westinghouse, Colleges 
Become Members of TBA 

Three new members have joined 
ranks of Television Broadcasters 
Assn., Inc. They are Westirighouse 
Electric Corp.. Manufacturing Divi- 
sion: Syracuse University: and 
Western Reserve U. of Cleveland. 

Westinghouse, which is working 
oh the hew "slratovision" plan for 
tele; has become an affiliate .'mem- 
ber, Syracuse and Western U. are 




the manufacture of properties, so 
(hey will tend to distribute films for 
major companies for television, 
rather than go into production them- 
selves. Being close to the market, 
tlicv can effect rcadv distribution j new educational members, bringing 
on a large, or small scale depending collegiate membership to four. Yale 
upon quantity of product to be |: and Rutgers having previously 
dispensed. Now film firms cannot '.joined TBA. 
see -way clear .to produce tilnis for i . - - " ' 

video since 'market is too limited. : i iit • • 1 • if 1 - 

This ..posit ion is ,seen as alarming j flg^ WaUlWnglH VlfleO 



television 
hamperiiv 



interests as 



'future film 



SELL 

MANY PRODUCTS FOR 
MANY ADVERTISERS 



WQAM 



by some 
conceivably 

production, unless middlemen serve 
as liaison between large picture 
companies who. Will not invest 
precious lime and material on spec- 
ulation for tele on one hand: and 
011 other, tele stations arc anxious 
to buy films to . round out their 
programs, but alone are in no posi- 
tion to Command; attention. 

Ad and 'package agencies filling 
needs of tele .stations, can negotiate 
business. 

begin to handle this sort of business 
remains to be seen, for video has 
not yet reached' proportions to- de- 
mand extensive footage, and can 
continue to use whatever is on hand 
or comes in slowly until such time 
as tele networks are created. ' 
' Then the rush is expected to start. 
With those agencies stepping in 
which have foreseen eventual point, 
and. geared themselves in .anticipa- 
tion of new marketing of films. -for 
video. . r 



First Lap in Planned 
NX-Washington Hookup 

Exercising its authoi'izatioii to 
establish ; first setup for telecasting 
from the gallery of the House of 
Representatives in Washington. flu- 
NBC television dept. lias; taken 
liewsrcel pictures of Gen. Wain- 
Just which agencies will j ^right's visit to Congress and shown 



FCC Commercial Tele 
Hearings Postponed Wk. 

Washington, Oct. 2. 

FCC hearings on rules and stand- 
ards of good engineering practice tor 
commercial television, originally 
slated for Oct. 4. have been moved 
back to Oct. 11. in order to give the 
commission staff more time to pre- 
pare. •» 

Time for filing wriefs has been ex- 
tended to Oct. 8. 



Political Ladle 



Continued from pa.se 34 



them to video audiences in N. Y. 
As soon as entanglement: with 
citizenry 
of 
tool 



soon 

District of Columbia'.- 
tele antenna on roof 
is cleared up. NBC 



N...Y.. having purchased across- 
the-board strips ever W.TZ, from 
Oct. ,15 to Nov. '-5, 6:45-7 p.m.. 
itv' addition to other time purchases 
on this and other stations. This or- 
ganization alone is said to be spend- 
ing at least $50,000 for air time. 
The X. Y. Situa.sh 
WOV, (N.Y.). will not permit the 
sale of less, than 15-minute time- 
slots; And if possible, Ralph Weil, 
general manager of this indie, will 
discourage the purchase Of time on 
his station because he feels that 
selling or giving' time to political 
talkers is doing a grave injustice, to 
listeners. "The majority of the poli- 
ticians' talks are. the most boring 
mer the air ; " Weil declared, adding 
■ that their performance on a station 
only- ."tends to diminish listener 
( "! I response for. the regular program 
local hoteli scht , uu!c , !o follow the politician" 



CBS VIDEO FRESHENS 
UP WITH SOAP SKED 

Lever Brothers, through its agen- 
cy, Ruthraufr & Ryan, has signed 
up to do four half-hour programs 
over CBS tele station WCBW before 
the end of 1045. 

Two of the company's soap operas, 
a new sports format, and special 
Christmas program are on the 
agenda, under the supervision of 
Lee Cooley, director of tele and 
daytime radio for R&R. 

Date for "Big Sister" production 
has been sqt for Tues. (<»>; and 
sports program for Oct; HO. A tele- 
version of 'Aunt Jenny" lias beeir 
scheduled for Nov. -..Commercials 
will favor Rinso. Lifebuoy and Spry. 



forward'. 



MIAMI 



FOM 



Participating 
Sponsors 



Cleve. Station, College 
Coop on Tele Teaching 

Cleveland. Oct. 2. i 
II. K. Carpenter, executive vice- ' 
president United Broadcasting Co., 1 
and Barclay Leathern.- professor of | 
dramatic ai ls. Western Reserve U. i 
announced that a special class of 
television has started at the univer- 
sity. Students were drawn from the 
senior class, and the graduate school. 
WHK. -will turn qver .one of its teler 
vision studios' exclusively to the 
class (in a 24-hour basis. 

If the first semester's experiment 
turns out successfully, the second 
semester will be given with credits. 
Western Reserve and WHK have i Sustaining 
also set up a plan to exchange tal- ; 
ents for the new television venture 



to throwing legislators in anion via 
video as. one of first N'. Y. -Washing- 
ton video hookup, programs. 

Involved in similar, fracas with 
aiiti-antenna-mindcd capital citizens. 
WOR has also, been unable ' to go 
ahead with television setup there.. 
Seems local people object to roof- 
top gadgets on same grounds i'lttti- 
biilboard fiends hold to, destruction 
of civic beauty. 

Tele enthusiasts figure complain- 
ants must be woffled about how 
their city looks .from tin- air. for 
no one could see anything from the 
ground. 




Television Review 



COLUMBIA - LAF A-YK'TTK FOOT- 
BALL game: 
Announcer:. Red Barber 
Producer: Burke Crotly. . . 

120 Mitts:; Sat. (29). :>::;<) p.m. 



D.C. Video Towers 



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GEORGE E. HALLCk 
TEXAS RANGERS LIBRARY 

HOTEL riCKWICK, KANSAS CITY, MO. 

AN ARTHUR S. CHURCH HOOOCTION 



Washington. Oct. 2. 
The D. C. Zoning Board of Adjust- 
ment last week okayed oration- of a 
350-f.oot television lower by NBC in 

U PUTS (Wief. 

Board also approved erection of a 
200-foot tower by the Bamberger 
roadcasting Corp. in another part 
ofTowfi" — - — - — = 



WNBT-NBC, N. Y. 

Some topflight camerawork by 
NBC's video special events crew 
captured the crowd atmosphere and 
the action in practically full scope 
during the first football telecast of 1 
the season last Sat. afternoon <2!l>. 
True enough, game was one-sided 

' romping over the team re p re.- en t nig' p wVo uTi 
little Lafayette college by a big 
score, tiut the lenses fallowed prat-: 
tically every play, including long 
passes and punts, iii s.irprisimrlv 
clear fashion, resulting in an enjoy- 
able two hours of viewing. 

Main fault (and this was probably 
due to the equipment which, of 
course, will be improved in time i 
was the fact that the numbers on 
back of the players were not distin- 
guishable. Therefore those at their 
sets could only depend upon the an- 
nouncer to give them an accounting 
of who was -carrying the ball. But 
each play as it was made was dis- 
cernible, even lateral passes and in- 
tricate cross bucks behind the line 
of scrimmage. One wonders, though, 
since lighting is an important factor 
in the garnering of a good picture c,;n 

coming snowy, rainy . days will' dis- 
tract from the enjoymc'nt. of football 
telecasts. ■ Due to the -dismal, back- 
ground, the cloudiness may well de- 
ter from the garnering of distin- 
guishing earmarks by the camera. 

Reason for this last statement is 
that during the contest vidend last 
Sat. it started to rain, and the pic- 
ture that came' through, oil ' the 
screen, while not bad. was not as 
clear as when it was not cloudy. Set 
owners got a kick when the cameras 
picked, up shots of the crowd leaving 
their scats and scurrying for shellcr 
during the rain, .while they were at 
home sitting in easy chairs and view- 
ing the goings on; 

With the addition of football. 
NBC's special events television de- 
partment thus videos some sporting 
event at all times during the year. 
In summer it's baseball, fall football, 
winter basketball, and for 52 weeks 
boxing at Madison Square Garden or 
St. Nicholas Arena, N. Y. The web 
plans to pick up some important 
Army grid games to be played at the 
Yankee Stadium, which might set an 
all-time, high for viewers of televi- 
sion broadcasts. Audiences will not 
be disappointed with what they see. 

• Su-ii, 



Because of his convictions, Weil has 
ordered .the sales department to up 
the Class A sales rate for WOV 
SON to political purchasers. 

WlvlCA. (N Y. i. on the other hand, 
considers radio's role in any election 
campaign a public service. and feels 
voice should be given to campaigners 
providing, of course, the time is used 
legitimately. 

Elliott M. Sanger, executive vcepee 
of WQXR iN.Y.v. announced that 
each candidate has been invited to 
broadcast oxer this station for 15 
minutes, without charge, in a time 
slot between Oct. 22 and Nov. :'. 
Sanger's invite stipulates that if a 
candidate for mayor is a nominee 
of more than one party, no more 
than 15 minutes -will be grantee! 
him. And nii replacement for the 
candidate, will - be accepted: how- 
ever, if the person cannot do- a .live 
broadcast, a recording is acceptable. 
WNEW's iN.Y.) stipulations, are 
similar to the foregoing. 

In 'many cases, general managers 
of the stations are keeping an eye 
on the time-slotting situation be- 
cause of the recent FCC statement 
in regard to political programming. 
Offering the same- amount of time 
to each candidate isn't enough, ac- 
cording to the FCC; "equal oppor- 
tunities*' must be granted oath 
candidate. 1 

While the New York situation is 
hut. radiowise. it is reported only 




LUSCIOUS if the word for Utah 
peaches being picked here by Miss 
Carol Ohmart, Utah Stat* Fair Queen. 
The yearly fruit and vegetable crop is 
worth approximately $12,000,000 la 
Utah farm families. That's just one of' 
the diversified basic sources of 
wealth which build dependable buying 
power in the Utah market. 

Local Advertisers Know 



KDYL Brings Results 



On-the-ground experience has amply 
proved to local (and national) adver- 
tisers that XDYL's showmanship, cora- 

— ri bined with top- 

-^T jt r i raring network 

— ' programs, bring re- 

sults. This is the 
station most Utahns 
listen to most. 



iTTJ™ u rieTe' (H)i7 
as well' as station owners are anxi- 
ous to retain the close... ties estab- 
lished in 1H44 between radio ami 
politics 




N'nttanxi Hrtir«3*nfcit've;- -jetttt- H.* 'ir * C« 



ed cashman 



HOLLYWOOD 




Wednesday, October 3, 1945 



RADIO 



41 




MacArthur Aide Tells 



Continued from page 1 , 



barges. Two-thirds completed nt 
Seattle, and scheduled for Manila 
delivery in time to join the invasion 
convoy, Was a lifth ship, the Spin- 
rile Eye, fitted with the most modern 
broadcasting and press equipment of 
anything that had ever gone to sea 
before, including^ a powerful trans- 
mitter. ; ; 
Surrender Snafu 

But when the Japanese suddenly 
surrendered on Aug. 14, Harris 
found himself in trouble, . Mae- 
Ailhur had authorized him to take 
every radio and press correspondent 
who was around and wanted to go 
to Japan to cover the landings there 
and the surrender ceremonies. But 
the ships Harris had at Manila cojjld 
make no more than eight to 10 knots 
air hour, and would never reach 
Tokyo Bay in time. 

When the first official Jap emis- 
saries went to Manila, they brought 
with them, on MacArthur's orders, 
two top-ranking communications of- 
ficers. These two Japs went into a 
huddle, as soon as they arrived at 
Manila, with Col. Samuel Auchin- 
closs, assistant signal officer at Mac- 
Arthur's GHQ, and Lt. Col. Harris. 
The (wo Americans told the enemy 
experts what they wanted prepared. 
The plans worked perfectly. 

Harris figured there were two 
things he could do to assure radio 
*nd press . coverage in Japan, He 
could fly men and equipment to 
Japan or he could take over Radio 
Toyko. He decided to do both. On 
the first day's landing of American 
airborne troops at Atsugi airfield, 



I Harris was there with a 3-kw trans- 
mitter and men to put it up. But 
he knew it would take two to four 

| days to get that transmitter working, 
and he was doubtful as to how ell'ec- 
tive it would be. So he took over 
Radio Tokyo. 

In accordance with the orders 
given the Jap emissaries at Manila. 
1)5 Japanese broadcast engineers 
were waiting for Harris and the 
hitter's crew at Yokohama. Also, the 
Japs had assigned as their liaison 
man for Harris, a man named Joe 
Kagawana, chief announcer for 
Radio Tokyo's foreign-language di- 
vision, who speaks English perfectly. 
VT.'nkers-to-Evers,'! etc. 
A line had adready been hooked 
up from Yokohama to Radio Tokyo's 
studios in Tokyo, which, in turn was 
always connected by land-line with 
the station's powerful transmitters 
.20 miles north of the capital, V 

When Harris issued an order, a 
parlay went into effect. Kagawana 
would instruct a technician in Yoko- 
hama, who would relay the order to 
Tokyo, from which point, it went 
to the transmitter crew. But so co- 
operative were the Japs, and so good 
their men and equipment, that the 
following time-table resulted: Har- 
ris landed at- Atsugi at 8:30 a.m. 
(Japanese time) on Aug. 28; . six 
hours later, he had established voice 
contact between Yokohama and RCA 
in San Francisco. The only reason 
listeners in the U. S. A. didn't get 
any voice broadcasts direct from 
Japan until more than five hours 
later was that, when the -first con- 
tact was made, it was 2:30 a.m. here 




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operating. 

Inside of five and a half days, 
800.000 words of press copy were 
moved, and broadcasts averaged 35 
a . day in those days. 

. Harris also went into some detail 
about the arrangements made for re- 
cording the big event, the official 
surrendi;'!' ceremony aboard the 
U.'S.S. Missouri on Sept. 2. In order 
to insure proper radio coverage, the 
entire ceremony was recorded. Four 
recordings were made simultaneous- 
ly— two on disks and two on wire, 
one set each for Harris' operation.* 
and tor the 'Navy,' When the actual 
broadcast was made, both the Navy 
and Radio Tokyo;- transmitters., were 
beaming the same show at exactly 
-the same time. The purpose of this 
double-play was to insure clarity 
of signal at San Francisco, . 

.'The. U.. -S. Army has taken over 
all ot Radio Tokyo's shortwave op- 
erations and one of the country's two 
domestic networks. The domestic 
network is. used by the Americans 



One Against 400 

Lt. Col. Jack Harris, radio and 
communications officer for Gen- 
era! MacArthur, faced approxi- 
mately 400 aimed Japanese sol- 
diers single-handed. It was on 
his first visit to Radio Tokyo's 
eight-story building. His only 
companion was Joe Kagawana, 
English-speaking chief' an- 
nouncer for the Japs' DX setup. 
His only weapon: A .45. colt 
which Harris, a radio man (for- 
merly WSM), had never used. 
■ Harris and Kagawana were on 
the second floor of the building, 
when they looked into a studio. 
There were. about 400 Japanese 
soldiers, sprawled on the floor, 
having chow; one of their number 
was at the door as sentry: the 
soldiers' guns were stacked on 
the floor. '■ 

The sentry shouted something 
which, for all Harris knew, 
might have meant: "Get th'at 

." The soldiers dropped 

their food, ran for their guns. 

Then they all presented arms. 

"I returned the weakest 
salute you ever saw," said Har- 
ris, "and continued my inspec- 
tion.'' 



Inside Stuff-Radio 

The NAB has selected the week of Nov. 4-10 during which to eelebrat* 
the radio industry's 25th anniversary. A NAB bulletin points out: "It is 
not the physical advent of radio that we are celebrating, but the origin 
of the American system of broadcasTing,'' since radio was not unearthed in 
1920. Schedules of webs, indies, house organs and advertising have been 
urged by the NAB to project the message. "National Radio Week, Novem- 
ber 4-10.'' with the sub-copy, "Twenty-five Years Of Broadcasting" or 
"Radio's Twenty-fifth Anniversary." 

Thirty-five comprehensive, transcripts of the broadcasts mit&e- .by Carl . 
George, -war correspondent, exclusively for WG AR, Cleveland, have been 
brochurized- by the station with a dedication in commemoration of the 
men of Ohio's 37th Division who fought in the' Pacific. I_n addition to the 
transcripts, a section at the back of the brochure lists the names of the 
men used by George when he made his broadcasts from the various fight- 
ing fronts of the war against Japan. The promotion piece is titled "Pacific 
Mission."- ..-.'.; ;.;; '..■■-.■ 

NBC was cited with a plaque lor making a vital' "contribution to re- 
ligious radio and the spiriluai lite' of America" at a luncheon thrown 
Monday ti.) by the Jewish Theological Summary of America at the Hotel 
Waldorf-Astoria in N. Y. Immediate occasion was the completion of the 
first year of "The Eternal Light." Sunday nooner which "has received 
many kudos. Niles Trammell, NBC piez, accepted the plaque on behalf 
of the net. , . - - . 



CBS composer-conductor Morton Gould, author Eslaiirta Goode Robeson 
(wife of singer-actor Paul Robeson), and tenor j;.mes Melton are profiled 
in the Sept. issue of Current Biography. Gould £ reported- having 
marie his radio debut over WOR. N. Y.. when he was seven years old." 
Mrs. Robeson, in addition to her literary effort-', champions the cause of 
the Negro and lectures on race relations and other aspects of democracy. 
Radio was the first field in which James Melton became an established star. 



Millard Lampell, writer of Mutual network's "Return to Duty" series, 
a half-hour dramatic program depicting the lives of servicemen returning 
to civilian status, has negotiated with E. A, Messner Publishing Co. for 
publication of a book under the same title. The book will contain the 
dramatic case histories used on the radio programs, but in narrative style. 
The book is skedded for release early in 1940. 



for educational, news . and psycho- 
logical warfare, and entertainment 
purposes for the GIs. The other 
domestic net is used by the Japa- 
nese, under strict U. S. supervision, 
for their regular programming. 

V Radio-Conscious 

Harris believes that Japan is more 
radio-conscious than any otucr 
country in the world. He said his 
reports show; that 95' of the Japa- 
nese people have radios, for which 
they pay a low annual license fee- 
to their government. The radio .set- 
up resembles somewhat that of BBC. 

country's radio facilities is a quasi- 
private outfit: but board members 
are appointed by - the government. 
However, not at all are the board 
members old-time politicians "put out 
to pasture" on a cinch job, and the 
real work is done by civil servants 
directed by active politicians. 

There was never any commercial 
broadcasting in Japan. In fact, 
there wasn't any kind of radio, with 
the exception of some local news- 
cast-hitch-hikes, that didn't Originate 
in Tokyo. But radio Tokyo, an eight- 
story building, thoroughly modern, 
and one of the very few buildings in 
Tokyo , that wasn't damaged, is 
"something out of this world. 1 ' 
' Anyone in the U. S. A. who wants i 
to know' where all the good RCA, i 
WisfinghiRise and other top equip- | 
iiieiit was during the war shortage 1 
should visit Radio Tokyo. The Japa- 
nese had studied the best there was 
in radia equipment all over the 
world, . and had managed, prewar.- 
to. lay in stocks of tubes, technical 
equipment, playback "machines, and. 
whatnot. Studios at Radio Tokyo 
are spotless, equipment .was in top. 
working older when Harris arrived. 

Ihirris would not reveal the pur- 
pose of his yisil to N. Y. and Wash- 
ington, .declaring his mission was 
eorifir.k nt ial. . ". , 



WLEE Mutual's Latest 

Richmond. Va., Oct-. 2. 
Miitual's newest full-time affiliate 
is WLEE. wjifch went on the air 
with its first broadcast yesterday 
Ui at ti a.m. 

The- station's transmitter.' i,s situ- 
; led ivjar-t he .James River, operates 
, n 250 watts, seven .days a week 
; I'om 0 .-urn. to 1 a.m. 




42 



Wednesday, October 3, 1913 




to a man who asked 
us a question .. . 



from WOR, the station 
that has been using, 




Wednesday, October 3, 1945 - . f*j$ Rlttf f 4S 



DEAR SIR: 



You ask, "Why should I use radio, particularly WOR?" You add, "Never mind statistics and station 
comparisons and things like that. I'll get around to them when it conies to the questions of specific time 
and program selection. Just sort of . . .Well, you must have some general reasons as to why you 
believe in WOR so much." 

Here at WOR we, more than 300 of us, have, above all things, a deep faith in WOR's ability to 
generate action. It never really occurred to us how complacently this feeling is taken for granted 
here at WOR, until your question prompted us ijnto putting it down on paper, the reason? Well, it 
seems to be a belief developed through years of consistent exposure to the speed and economy 
with which WOR makes people do things. 

. When WOR airs the speech of a politician, the song of a poet, the explanation of an economist^ 
or a grocer's spot announcement, WOR knows that it's to provoke action, emotional or material, 
Or both. Maybe this kind of thinking goes on in all media. We don't know. But we </o know that it 
colors everything we do here at WOR, from program building to poising a mike for the most 
effective pickup. 

But this desire to create resu'ltful action would be a futile tiling if it were not backed by 
"know-how". WOR has the know-how— an accumulative, and constantly maturing, trio of skills 
which are the products of almost a quarter of a century of specializing in the more effective and 
economical use of sound. 

They are . . . 

, INGENUITY— the experience, equipment and brainpower to plan a program schedule that 
attracts more listeners for less, thus reducing your cost and creating more action. 

THOROUGHNESS -WOR's carefully tailored distribution of its 50,000 watts which deliver* 
what you have to say to the most densely-populated area of homes with radios on the Eastern ■ 
Seaboard. ' 



IMAGINATION -WOR's constant desire to consider and effectively apply the new in both 
program thought and technique. This keeps the schedule elastic and exciting and makes it a more 
effective carrier for your message. 

. .. ■ • Most sincerely, 



WOR 

— thai power-full station, 

at J 440 Broadway, in Mew York 



member oj the mutual broadcasting system 



41 



RADIO 



PAriety 



Wiiliusilav, October 3, 1915 



From the Production Centres 



Jr. 



I, ic New flaclj for Hitdcgarde and Anna Sosenko 




\clam J. Votin 

s Alan Edolson. '..'.- 
4 | .1 0 li ti Sl;mli\\" and Dorothy Francis join "Younf! Wicldd 
♦ WatU'i' Vauahn and Louis Hector arc- added to "Stella Dallas' 

I 



tiS WW YORK CITY . . . 

■ In his second appcat ancc on Hie program within live weeks. Johnny 
Tnomosoi", guests on the Mary Small show Simday. (7. over Ame.n.can : 
Broadcasting (Blue). Thompson Has his own proyram Saturday mornings, j 
lO'SO-H, over- the same network. .... ;; ,"".--■' ; ] 

: Wauhillau Lahcy. publicity chief of N.'W, Ayer ad agency, has returned , 
to her Gotham office alter a four-month tour of the country . . . .Jack 
Forbes. ABC (Blliei flackei'y, in the hospital lor an operation for appen- ! 
dicitis. . . •" . 

Basil W Matthew."; has bowed out of Benton "& Bowles and joined j 
'Sherman.* Marquette. With latter, he ll be in an exec capacity on the 
Col'-ate-PalmoIive-Pcet Co. account ... .New announcer on. the Hose- 
niarv" show on CBS is Eddie Dunn, who's retaining same job on "Jack 
Bereh Show". .. .Guesting for Hildcgarde next week (91 will be Burgess 
Meredith Walter Abel and Patsy Kelly. Incidentally. Hildegarde will be 
commuting for two weeks to her N. Y. "Raleigh RooW' from the Statler 

in Boston. • . 7. ■ ;,'.-'"• . -,. •'.'.. , . 

According to Dulce Fox. it's not radio scripter Stanley Seymour who s 
done a legit comedy called "Detour." but she; and Lee Sanlord has taken 
an option on it for winter production ... .When "Dick Tracy" bows in for 
a weeklv half-hour over AEC. Mitchell Cray son will direct for ABC. .. 
Jav Josivn will do Wendell" Willkie. when "One World" opens the "New 
World A'Coming" Show over WMCA next Monday i8> ... .Frances Cation 
and Martlett Robinson go into. the *A Woman of America" cast. .. .Carole 
Somevs joins "Mr* District Attorney". .. .Art Ford made up a troupe 
teen-age entertainers, whom he picked from "Bobby Sox Canteen" on | 
WN-EW. and will tour them. ..Tom Malone on the 



Of 

Canteen' 
.sales staff of 




Brown" while 

incl Louis Hector are added to "Stella JJallas". . . .Jean 
Lewi.-. Florence Robinson and Barbara Weeks new to respective casts of 

"David Harum." "Barry Cameron" and "Second Husband" Abby Lewis 

and Rene Gekiere with "Amanda" Edgar Stehli, Kay Renwick, Craig 

McDonnell and Cameron Prud'homme new quartet on "Backstage Wile" 
. .. .Paul Gardner exits from ABC's (Blue) llackeiy dept. to join Tune In as 
associate editor Oct. 15. . . .Burgess Meredith will be first guest on the fall 
semester of Paul Whiteman's "Hall of Fame," Oct. 7. .. .Jerry Lawrence, 
WMCA disk jockey, at Lenox Hill hospital for minor operation ... .Gordon 
Heath. WMCA staff spieler, got rave notices for his characterization in the 
Broadway hit. "Deep Are the Roots". .. Mildred Fenton. the packager, back 
from Boston, a hotbed of clients. , . .Vera Eikei resigned as administrative 
assistant to Walter Craig, radio director of Benton & Bowles. • 

Tex Werner, head of the Office of Price Administration radio division 
in N. Y.. has re.'igned. effective Nov. 1. to become radio department head 
of the Chernow ad agency ... Jo Sanson, publicity and special events di- 
rector, and Ted Colt, program director, both of WNEW, resume giving 
courses in radio survey and dramatics, respectively, at City College of 
New York this tall. 

Oliver Daniel, supervisor of classical music at ABC, will watchdog the 
Boston Symphony program when it preems Sal. (6).... That click radio 
presentation, done before an audience but not on the air last Thur. (27) 
before the American Jewish Committee-Anti-Defamation League dinner 
at the Waldorf-Astoria, was written by Ben Kagan, directed by Martin 
Andrew and Ira Marion, and produced by Milton E. Krents . . . WOR's 

video show. "Bells." tonight (3) features Bill Keene Scott. Farnsworth 

will '-.Continue to write "Jones and T,'' but, his acting role, when he goes to 
the Coast, will be taken over by .Mason Adams. Show switches from 
Wed. to Stin.'nite, . . .Elaine 'Ron into "Gangbusters" Sat. (IS) Dai- Rus- 
sell takes over direction of "Man From G -2". .. .NBC's "Archie Andrews" 
moves to the 10:30 a. m; slot Sat. (ti )... .Alva Johnson profiling radio 
actress Mary Pat ton in Salevepost. . ' ' 

i Peter Donald has been set for the County Fair show for Borden. He 
| was recently on the air for thd competitive Sheffield. . ; ; Ted Green has 
resigned from MCA radio department to go on his own". . .Pearson and 
White pacted as new writers for the Seven-Up airer. 



Gabmen Low 

Continued from page 34 



when you 
advertising 



have your 
'pulling' 



on 



UJCPO 



li\ HOLLYWOOD . . . 

Bob Hall is the new press head at American, succeeding Mill Samuel, j 
who moved over to Young & Rubicam as manager of the publicity depart- | 
ment ... .Frank Healy out of the Lyons agency after a year as radio rep 
:.. .Warner Toub put away his Army wings and landed in the radiode- i 
partment of the Ken Dolan agency ... .Radio trade, numbering around 85, j 
welcomed "Variety's" radio ed. George Rosen, at a shindig given by Daily j 
"Variety" at Beverly Hills club. I 

Hairy Ommcrle of the Lyons agency was asked by an agent in the 1 
Brown Derby if he would be interested in a picture career. But as a i 
romantic heart- throbbep. . , . Al Scalpone drew the new title of supervisor 
of program development at Young & Rubicam. .. .Grace Wilcox leaving 
J. Walter Thompson publicity staff to write a novel covering 105 years of 
American life ... Ed Cashman is taking a lot of ribbing on that 1-2-3 
teaser ad campaign ... Jim Fonda out of khaki and back to Foote, Cone I 
& Belding. . .-.First appointment by "Corney" Jackson "since assuming vice- 
presidency and management of J. Walter Thompson Hollywood radio 
operation brings Johnny Christ back into the fold. Onetime office man- 
ager and production contact on many of the company^ programs, he passed 
the last four and a half years in the Navy.... Jack Louis finally confirmed 
that there'll be no mo' bawlin' for Beulah at "The McGees". . . .Mary Me- 
Call. Jr., hollered quits after presiding as editorial supervisor on three 
"Maisie" programs. She has written the screenplay of all the "Maisie" 
pictures at Metro, but too many elements on the radio show rubbed her 
the wrong way... .Joe Rines is auditioning new characters for the Judy 
Canova exhibit, over which he presides. .. .Jack Holmes, radio logger for 
the downtown sheets, turned over those duties to his wife after eight 
years and joined the Campbell-Ewald agency. .. .Les Gottlieb back to his 
home base in New York after looking in on the seasonal debut of Young & 
Rubicam entries and setting up publicity campaigns. .-.•■' 

Ad boys are none too happy about that sequence in Paramount's "Lost 
Weekend" in which a lush in Bellevue is pointed out as a "big advertising 
executive". .. .Don Belding to New York for a bit of trade palaver with 

the General Foods crowd Don Searle got back from Big Town and Sid 

Slrotz followed a few days later. < 



programs will just have to sit tight. 
The- most they can do is squirm. 
Where the newscasts are not spon- 
sored, the webs will be urged to re- 
place the programs with other fur- 
mats and put the newscasts in the 
very early, mid-day or late-evening 
spots. ; . 

When Shaefl'er's "World Parade" 
on NBC recently dropped a point. 
Standard Brands' "One Man's -P-jm, 
ily" dropped 1,7 in the Sunday . 
afternoon slot. However, when J. 
B. Williams' Win, L. Shirer pro- 
gram added l.fi. International Sil- 
ver's program, "Oz/.ie and Harriet,'* 
which follows Shirer, added. 8. 

Likewise, with the recent Hoop- 
erating on Raymond Swing which 
added -0.5. Kix' "Lone Ranger," 
which follows, lipped itself 1. When 
General '.Electrics "World Today," 
on. CBS increased 1.1, Procter '•& 
Gamble's programs that follow it (on 
I a divided web) increased 1:1 and 1.8. 
i The PitG programs are Jack Kirk-. 
I wood and "Mommie and the Men,'' 
' respectively. Frank Singiser's Sat-- 
I urclay segment lost .5. and so suf- 
I I'ered Reichold's Detroit Symphony 
.program which comes in 15 minutes 
later.; .-; ■:.-' 

The two newscasters who con-: 
tinue to retain the largest, listening 
audiences are Walter Winchell and 
Lowell Thomas. The last Hoop-, 
crating report shows ail increase of 
0.2 lor Winchell and 1.9 for Thomas. 




NANCY MARTIN 

("Braakfojt Club") 

Umley .exclusive contrnel Willi 
The - \V. li. Long Co.. Chicago, for 
Iransi'rllii-d spots for Long I'om- 
pany l!:il;eiy Clienls. 

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HOOPER 
INDEX 


WCPO 


19.4 


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JULY-AUGUST 


STATION "A 


10.6 


6:00 

to 

10:00 


STATION |i| 


20.7 ' 


STATION X" 


39.0 

\ ' . ...... 


Pi in. 


STATION D" 


10.2 j 



S e e t he J u I y - A u g u s t 
Hooperatings for Cincinnati 
and your Bran ham Man 
f o r v Ay a liabilities . . . 



Affiliated with I 
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UJCP0 

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I REPRESENTED 
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THE 
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It is both a privilege and pleasure to 
announce my 14th consecutive year 
with Kate Smith and Ted Collins. 



JACK MILLER 

(and orchestra) 

"Kate Smith Sings" 
CBS Fridays al 8:30 P. M., E. S. T. 



Wednesday, October 3, 1945 



45 




The Inquiring 
Fotographer 

(With Apologies to Jimmy J email and the Daily News ) 

Variety Charges Space Rates lor Every Answer Used 

in This Column 

THE QUESTION 

What Is Your Reaction to Fred Allen's Return to the 
Air on October 7th? 

THE- ANSWERS 



P. Leffington Snide, Hailstone, 
Florida, retired auction shill: "If 
Uncle Tom's Cabin can't appear in 
Bridgeport, I don't see why Allen 
should be allowed to appear in radio. 
I am a dog-lover. If bloodhounds 
can't get jobs — why should Allen?" 



Mrs. Caress Gander, Route 201, 
Trailer housewife: "I only listen to 
the morning programs. When Joyce 
Jordan, David Harum and Breakfast 
With Breneman finish, I turn off my 
radio for the day. Who is Fred 
Allen?" 



Cranston Crudd, Bowery-Plaza Ho- 
~tel, apprentice panhandler: "If the 
ban on sleeping pills becomes a law 
people with amnesia will have to rely 
on radio comedians. The average 
radio comedian can induce sleep 
quicker than two quarts of Sanka. 
This goes for Fred Allen, too." 



, Baxter Clot, High Falls. N. Y., 

part-time steeplejack: "As a steeple- 
jack I know a point when I see one. 
I see no point in having comedians 
on the radio. I like jingles. Give us 
music-lovers more jingles. How 
about it, Mr. Sponsor?" 






Miss Hedy Schlump, Bronx, hostess 
in an iron lung: "When I seen this 
picture of me in the paper, I lost all 
interest in the question. / The In- 
quirin' Reporter should be takin' 
Passport pictures. As far as I'm 
concerned he knows what he can do 
with his tripod— points and all. He 
can do the same With Fred Allen." 



Zero Blinker, homeless, guest bar- 
fly: "Personally, I can't stand radio. 
I lived in Radio City with a studio 
audience, for two years, trying to find 
out what made studio audiences 
laugh. I finally gave up. There is 
only one solution for comedians like 
Jack Benny and Fred Allen— the 
Atomic Bomb." 




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RADIO 



Wednesday, October 



19-15 



PAC Asks FCC to Limit AM Radio 
To One-Quarter of All FM Channels 



With the closing date for filing of 
frequency modulation license ap- 
plications set for Sunday (7), a tre- 
mendous campaign to bring pressure' 
upon the FCC to alter its FM regu- 
lations begins today (Wed.). 

The campaign, started by the Na- 
tional Citizens Political Action Com- 
mittee, headed by former Gov. Elmer 
A. Benson, of Minnesota, teed off 
with national circulation oe 100.000 
petitions to "action" groups lined up 
with PAC. Leaders of PAC were 
reported hoping that 500,000 signa- 
tures to their petitions would pour 
into the FCC offices in Washington 
before the end of this week. 

The petitions enumerate the fol- 
lowing six points, requesting the 
FCC: 

1. To grant no more than one- 
quarter of available FM channels to 
licensees 'of existing AM' broadcast- 
ing stations and to newspapers. Even 
those few present license-holders, the 
petitions declare, should be given FM 
permits "only upon proof of excep- 
tional public service in their present 
operations, and guarantees that they 

'. will perform a wholly new and dif- 
ferent program service on their FM 
stations." 

2. To prescribe standards of pub- 
lic service on FM "iii terms of hours 
and expenditures." 

3. To grant three-quarters' of all 




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FM broadcast channels to newcomers. 

4. To prohibit the granting of an 
FM license to any AM broadcaster 
without a public hearing. 

5. To prohibit the renewal of any 
broadcast license (AM or FM i until 
the application for renewal had been 
advertised in a newspaper of general 
circulation in the community in- 
volved, and opportunity ha* been 
afforded. to others for an application 
tor the same license or to show Why 
the old license should not be re- 
newed. ' 

6. To arrange, whenever and 
wherever possible, for local hearings 
to be held in communities which ap- 
plicants intend to serve. 

Aim of the campaign is understood 
to be an effort to get more FM broad- 
cast channels allotted to labor unions 
and other liberal groups. A number 
of unions already have FM applica- 
tions on file, among these being the 
United Automobile Workers of Amer- 
ica (CIO)-, and- the International' 
Ladies Garment Workers Union 
(AFL). It was understood also Unit 
the Amalgamated Clothing Workers 
of America (CIO) would apply for 
at least four FM licenses before the 
end of this week. 

While the "pressure" being lined 
up by PAC is aimed at the FCC. the 
organization at the same time ex- 
tended a certain amount of support 
to the commission. In a separate 
"action" sheet, it suggested that com- 
munity groups urge their Represen- 
tatives in Congress "to assure ade- 
quate appropriations for the FCC." 



Krents to Emphasize 

Public Service Radio 

A production office which will 
specialize in public sai'viee. instead 
of commercial radio, is being opened* 
in N. Y. by Milton E. Krents. 

Among programs he has produced 
have been such stanzas as the "Dear 
Adolf" shows in 1942; "Day of Reck- 
oning," "The Eternal Light." "Listen 
to the People." and "The Battle of 
the Warsaw Ghetto." 



! 'Tough Radio' 

i Continued from page SS5 

liked. "Washington Story" and "Man 
from G-2" were in a precarious po- 
sition. There wasn't even a certainty 
that ABC would continue to carry 
its old standby "America's Town 
Meeting," now that Reader's Digest 
has pulled the pursestrings tight on 
that forum. . 

Some of the shows mentioned 
above are $4,000 packages which are 
not easily marketable among' pos- 
sible bankrollers who'd be willing to 
spend twice that amount lor somer 
thing that could really pitch in the 
big league. And the network is def- 
initely going into, shows that are 
marketable, primarily, with public 
service being stripped down to a 
bare minimum and prestige-builders 
being continued only it they are 
likely to garner a sponsor very soon. 

The tight policy on money spend- 
ing, it was said by those who knew, 
would not be put into effect me- 
chanically. The net will be willing 
to spend dough for names and 
shows; But these will have to come 
through with a quick payoff, or else. 

One instance of willingness to 
spend was indicated in plans for a 
new package that may materialize 
very soon and will cost $10,000 a 
shot. Another was based on the idea 
of reviving a one-time famous air 
and motion picture show, using a top 
Hollywood star as the draw. But 
both of these were definitely inside 
the "tough radio" boundaries, the 
idea being that they would practi- 
cally be sold before they go on. 

Meanwhile, there was a lot of 
speculation as to who mi",iit be 
going out as foflowups to the 
LaRoche-Robinson exits. A report 
that he was going to the .Compton 
agency was firmly denied by La- 
Roche who pointed out thi't, while 
no longer engaged in operational 
work on the net, he is still vice- 
chairman of the web's board. Rob- 
inson, likewise, professed to have no 
definite plans as yet. although his 
name was also tied hi with the re- 
ported LaRoche move to Compton. 



WFIL Deal Confirmed 
At $1,900,000 Price; 
FM Station Included 

Philadelphia, Oct. 2. 
Walter Annenberg, publisher of 
the Philadelphia Inquirer, has con- 
firmed the storv of his purchase of 
WFIL, Philly, ABC (Blue) network 
outlet. 

In a joint statement with George 
H.' Johnson, president of Lit Bros. 
Department store, which owns the 
station, they revealed that Anuen- 
berg bought WFIL for $1,900,000. 
("Variety's" story last week set the 
price at "about $2,000,000"). • 

The deal was negotiated by Albert 
M. Greenfield & Co., Philly real es- 
tate brokers. 

The statement declared that Roger 
W. Clipp, WFIL prexy, would remain 
as general manager of the station, 
and no change of personnel was con- 
templated. 

Included in the dear was all the 
equipment of WFIL, i'.s FM station, 
transmitters, leases on studios, etc. 
Not included is the Widener Build- 
ing, atop which the studios are lo- 
cated. The WFIL Broadcasting Co. 
bought the Widener building a cou- 
ple of years ago. 



DeMille-AFRA 

Continued from puge 35 ; 



was an outgrowth of his expulsion 
from AFRA last December when he 
refused to pay a $1 union assess- 
ment to' fight a California amend- 
ment outlawing the closed shop. He 
continues to charge that the union's 
action was "political and undemo- 
cratic.'' 




"The grammar is fine, the spelling perfect, and 
tlx statement is tnu—100%." 



NABET Gets 

Continued from page 35 



Across the Board/ Monday through Friday, 
WJ W delivers in Cleveland more morning 
dialers per dollar ... up to 20% more on a 
money basis . . . than any other station. 

And chalk this up too . Cleveland is the 
7th largest . , ■ 5th richest . . . 3rd most 
densely populated area in the United States. 



covers all engineers and technicians 
in both nets on a national basis (ex- 
cept in Chicago), wiping out pay 
differentials,' since in many cities 
outside N.Y. the scales were lower. 

Result is that a majority of the 
500 NABET members employed by 
the two nets will be eligible to the 
major pay increase of $21 (from $88 
to $109), and each will get about 
$500 in back pay to cover the retro- 
active clause. 

Other Issues 
It was uncertain just what this 
contract will do to other unions in 
the field that have been quietly ne- 
inr> new contracts. ' 

tt i'- m mini i . timamm 

fectcd is CBS, where the technicians 
and engineers belong to the Inter- 
national Brotherhood of Electrical 
Workers (AFL). The IBEW con- 
tract with CBS is being renegotiated 
now, and some CBS rank-and-lilers 
hinted broadly that they would 
press for a strike to gel at least as 
much as NABET received on its two 
nets. Most conservative dope among 
I the unionists is, however, that no 
strike would be necessary and that 
CBS would quietly buckle down to I 
new conditions, raising its pay to ! 
the level set by NABET. 

A half dozen N.Y. incUes. whose 
engineers and technicians are signed 
up with the American Communica- 
tions Assn. (CIO), are also having | 
their union pacts subjected to new 
scrutiny. \ v ' . '.'' 

In the background, also, are two 
other major union matters facing all 
four of the major nets. . These con- 
cern the Radio Directors Guild, 
which a week ago indicated it may 
-strike sooner or later against what 
it has called "stalling tactics", and 
the American Federation of Mu- 
sicians. • . :;-..' 

Hanging over the heads of the 
networks is still the AFM's insist- 
ence that it should have jurisdiction 
over platter-turners, who now be- 
long to NABET at .the ABC and 
NBC nets. Just what happened to 
the platter-turner issue, which was 
the fundamental reason for the 
NABET strike, Was something no 
one at all would discuss. NABET, 
ABC and NBC officials were equally 
close-mouthed on that matter, the 
latter fearing they might arouse the 
AFM's James C. Pelrillo to early 
action against them if they ad- 
mitted openly that they had let 
NABET take over the pancake turn- 
ers. That's one union issue that may 
still cause major trouble for every- 
body all around. ' : 



Equity In Fray. Too 

Cecil B. DeMille was .severely 
criticized by Actors Equity of N. Y., 
at is meeting Friday (28) lor "wrap- 
ping himse'f in a cloak of American- 
ism" by accepting the Americanism 
award of the Wall St. Post or the 
American Legion. Award was made 
for his stand against the American 
Federation of Radio Artists on a $1 
political assessment. 

AFRA, which protested, by tele- 
gram, to the post before award was 
made, is also expected to make l'ur- 
| ther objection, likely in form of a 
similar resolution to Equity's, when 
the hational board meets next 
Thursday (11). The ABC (Blue), 
which aired the- DeMille Legion 
award and the producer's speech on 
that occasion, stated it had offered 
AFRA time to reply even before De- 
Mille's speech was made, but that 
AFRA hasn't as yet asked for it. 
AFRA would get network 'ime. but 
not the N. Y. local outlet, W.IZ, 
which did not air the award speech. 
In N. Y., WINS aired it locally. 



Victory Loan 
Disks Waxed 

Washington. Oct. 2. 

Diary transcription series, with 
Hedda Hopper. Jimmy Fidler and 
Dorothy Kilgallen emcccing, has 
been set for the Victory Loan, :' 

Hedda Hopper's Diary will have 
three platters paying tribute to the 
war service of Mickey Rooney, Lew 
Ayrcs and Jimmy Stewart, and a 
fourth as an interview with Bing 
Crosby, 

Fidler will have five 'tribute" 
spots with names to be selected from 
the following: Clark Gable, Robert 
Taylor, Henry Fonda, Tyrone 
Power, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, 
Dinah Shore and Frances Langl'ord! 

Miss Kilgallen will offer tributes 
to following who will appear on the 
platters with her: Alee Tcmpleton, 
Jane Froman. Bea Wain, Mary 
Small, Shep Fields, and Dick Todd. 
Lindsey McHarrie ("We. the Peo- 
ple") will produce the diaries with 
Richard Dana scripting. 

New stunt by Treasury to stimu- 
late interest in its war bond songs, 
written for the "Music for Millions" 
series, is to give each of these 17 
numbers to. the top bond-selling 
states as'official state victory songs. 
Already selected for New York is 
Dana Slawson's "Say It With 
Bonds." In addition. Jerry Law- 
rence of Station WMCA, in a local 
New York show, will interview 
some of the songwriters from the 
group and plug the songs and bonds. 

Cordele, Ga.— Jim Ownby, former- 
ly sales manager of WJHO, Opelika, 
Ala., has been appointed manager 
of WM.JM, in charge of local and 
national sales, 




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Here's a radio program that's clocked to "give" 
throughout thirty fast-moving, melodious, laugh- 
filled minutes! 

"Request Performance", in addition to being star- 
liHed, will differ from all other Holly wood origina- 
tions in two important respects: The radio listener 
win do the casting. He'll tell Campbell's Soups by 
letter which stars he wants to hear and what he 
wants to hear them do. And he'll have the fun of 
eroes-casting the stars, if he wishes. He can suggest 
unusual and unexpected mike routines. 



Your imagination will show you the vast possibili- 
ties in this radio formula for drama, comedy, and 
music. In fact, it's the very same idea— listener 
participation and cross-casting - that proved no 
popular with the Armed Forces in recorded pro- 
grams sent overseas. Now the public hears it for 
the first time. 

Make a note, won't you, to be with us on opening 
night and bend an ear to the proceedings. And by 
the way— if you've an idea yourself for casting or 
cross-casting the stars, send it along to Campbell'* 
Soups, Hollywood, California. 



SUNDAY NIGHT, OCTOBER 7, 9 PM EST, FULL CBS NETWORK and CANADA 
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48 RADIO 



VARIETY 



Wednesday, October J, 194.5 



Radio Reviews 



Continued from nasi' 36 



Matter of corporal punishment fur rflack: mou is convincing investors 
children produced perhaps the most \ that the nutum still needs big money 
siwnlaneitv on the premiere. . Care- j fur .such items as getting the boys 
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•t'ul screening of topics, some ot 
which .should , be "popular," is pur* 
ticularlv desirable in view of short 
time for broadcast. The old Blue 
web's "Listen, the Women"— which 
the WGY feature resembles in some 
lesootts— ran a half-hour,- 

Huiitlcv and femme participants 
should remember to make . identity 
ef each voice clear at all times, More 
pace, zing and sparkle are also 
needed. Speakers on initial round- 
table impressed as capable but not 
brilliant ad libbers. Miss Hodges, 
head of the Schenectady library sys- 
tem, probably displayed the most 
pleasing radio voice. Huntley, whose 
tone and diction are hardly top 
grade, has the ability and the back- 
ground to make a better moderator. 
Mrs. Charles A. Bacon, assistant su- 
perintendent ot Amsterdam schools, 
guested. 

A noticeable omission — becoming 
somewhat common on WGY — was 
signing off "Ask" without recapping 
the participants. Platter heralding 
return of Amos "ii Andy to NBC was 
squeezed- between the local and 
Lowell Thomas. Public servicer's 
proximity to that popular newsman 
is iiv its favor, Javo. 



"JOHN TISHER REPORTS" 

With John Fisher; Maurice Rttpkin, 
announcer 

Writer: Fisher 

Producer: Don Pringle 

J 5 Mins.: Sun., 8:45 p.m. 

CANADIAN NATIONAL WAR FI- 
NANCE COMMITTEE 

CttO-CKC. Ottawa 

. (Canadian Advertising Agencies') I 
Canada's- 9tb Victory Lean bows in i 
Oct. 22 with an objective of a billion ; 
and a half dollars, hefty coin for a ' 
country with a population of 11.000.- j 

000.' With war ended, chief job of ' 

National War Finance Committee j PADDOCK JAZZ CONCERT 

With James P. Johnson, Bill 



home from overseas. 
With llminces until they get under 
way on. c.iv.vy street, and, treating the 
ailing ones, •.'■'••: •'.-'•-.' 
Teeoll action in the pre-loan period 
is this live-week gab series by com-, 
mciiiator John Fisher under the gen- 
eral scries title, "John Fisher Re- 
ports." . Same t'it'e was used by 
Fisher in a sustainer string he did 
lor CBC previously, patterned closely 
on the- Nesbiji "Passing Parade" Hir- 
ers. Later, Fisher handled various 
commentator-announcer chores for 
CBC special event broadcasts. Re- 
sult: a ready-made audience for the' 
loan scries. . 

Opener originated in the CBC's 
Ottawa outlet. CBO. using the sub- 
title. "They Can't Swim Home," and 
talking about the .system of trans-. 
Allaivtic transportation for Can. 
lighting forces from repatriation 
depots" in England. Fisher colored 
his story with .tie-in on trip up the 
St. Lawrence river by Jacques Car-, 
tier, who founded Canada, and sim- 
ilar routing of repatriation carrier 
"Louis Pasteur," former French lux- 
ury liner. To get his story, Fisher 
boarded the "Pasteur" with the pilot 
ill the Gulf, rode with the ropats. to 
the Quebec City docks. Worked into 
the script was dope on .repat. tran- 
sportation arrangements begun at 
the Quebec conference of Churchill 
and Roosevelt and carried on today 
by the "POM"— Priority of Move- 
ment Board — in England. 
'. Fisher's gabbing is . smooth and 
sounded inspired. Coupled with his 
self-written, nicely balanced script, 
it added up to okay airing for 
N'WFC's purpose. Show, and other 
NWFC loan publicity, handled by top 
Can., agencies under the name. Can. 
Advertising Agencies. Gorm. 



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hardt Orch 
30 Mins. M»n., 11:15-11:45 p.m. 
WHTD. Hartford 

Weekly, The Paddock, local subur- 
ban uitcry, airs a concert. It's good 
promotion work for the house. A 
guestcr. visiting firemen phis the 
house band, comprise the musical 
team that sends out jive, boogie, 
jazz, low dixieland and what have 
you. all sold' under the guise of jazz. 
It's hot stulT.mul solid, and pays off 
the house with an SRO each scsh. 

James P. Johnson, piano virtuoso, 
guester on stanza heard. Augmented 
the efforts of the Bill Luckhardt 
orch. aided and abetted by visiting 
specialists. Johnson's playing gar- 
nered most of the accolade. His solo 
ivory tickling far superior to rank 
and file of house band, whose side- 
men spotted on several occasions. 

Mikcman Ed Seltzer is staid and 
uninlormative as commentator.- Bet- 
ter script work would make show 
more colorful and interesting. 

Ecfc. 



"MEET THE STARS" 
With Tommy Hartlett 
Writer-director: Bernard Howard 
15 Mins.: Mon.-Fri.. 11:00 a.m. 
(i. ISAItR * COMPANY 
WMAQ, Chicago 

iMeyerhoff) 
With this show Tommy Bartlett 
resumes Ids radio career where he 
left off three years ago when he 
joined the Air Forces with practi- 
cally the same format as his "Meet 
The Missus" show. Nothing new has 
been added except the name and the 
twist of having some kind of a star, 
appear on the program. On the 
opening, it was Skeets Gallagher, 
appearing in "Good Night Ladies" at 
the Blackstone theatre. 

Bartlett asks women in the studio 
audience questions that will re- 
sult in laugh-provoking answers, 
and depends a lot on their 
laughter and . giggles and fool- 
ish chatter to keep the program 
moving. Members of the studio au- 
dience are. informed before air-time 
of the identity of the day's guest 
and asked to write a question they'd 
like to ask the visitor. Three best 
questions are pitched orally to the 
guest during the broadcast, with the 
three winners. Bartlett and the star 
going to lunch- together after the 
show. 

Gallagher was asked if he liked 
blondes, redheads or brunettes best: 
how is his pulse: and would he like 
to meet all the ladies in the audi- 
ences he appears before. Gallagher 
hedged around all diplomatically 
with flying colors although inward- 
ly he. must have wondered about the 
I. Q s of the distaff audience present, 
and their actions and reactions.' 

Each lady appearing before the 
microphone for questioning is pre- 
sented with a bottle of the sponsor's 
product. Balm Barr Lotion, and the 
name- is mentioned several times 
during the 15 minutes, in addition to 
ine regular commercials, which 
gives the bankroller a lot of<adver- 
tismg tor his money. Bartlett is 
quick on the trigger.' taking advan- 
tage or every opening, and keeps the 

s WHlTr'!"!^ 1 a 800d pacc ' but it's 
stncth lor the women. Morg. 




IT'S THE STATION 



TO SAY GOODNIGHT 



Not just another 
lot* hour filler, 
"Sleepy Serenade" 
is a top production, 
a WGAK nightcap 
of music and poetry 
which thousands of . 
CI tv» landers have 
learned to enjoy 
seven nights a week. 
W« are fussy 
about "off-hour*" •.■ 
because our audience . 
has learned to expect 
good listening on WGAR 
at alt hourh : 



CLEVELAND ' S 

WGAR 

THI HIINOtV STATION 



Mill's I JT ¥ • 
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"ISN'T IT A CRIME?" 

W H!!.. Ro l ^ OSe ' s ; she P«d Menken, 
T ^^.^ e .' eV ' ,0,, . n Graham. Boh 
I.4ckaye. Ilorenee Pendleton; David 
A. Manners, emcee 

Wider: Manners 

Music: Kay Reed 

Director: jack Grogan 

:!• Mins.; Fri., 9 p.m. 

Sustaining ' . - - 

WNKVV, N. T. 

This new mystery series has a lot 

of possibilities. In addition to that 

It has a lot of faults. Its major fault 

is the premise or. which tlie series 

appears to be bent. 



Jsn t It a Crime'." opened up with 
the tale of "The Crime of the Wood- 
land Grave.'' about a .iailbreaker 
alio Ins '-female accomplice. They 
have no particular destination in 
mind except to get away, of course 
To get a change of clothes, the crim- 
inal kills a man. After digging into 
the mans pockets, a wrinkled news- 
paoer clipping reveals that the dead 
man was en route home to inherit 
a fortune- left to him by his parents 
The clipping also reveals that the 
returning son was kidnapped by the 

inc., "HI. «,it ;,, eilOUg/l tO 

cook up a lot ot intrigue; however 
the author, for this occasion, favored 
certain characters. Instead ot in- 
stilluii! sympathy, in the listeners in 
behalf of the unknowing victims 
one is aroused to feci for the crim- 
inals. More than half way through 
toe program, the emotional response 
oi the listeners is expected to switch 
suddenly to the protagonists. And at 
the end of the progrcm. Manners 
comes forth with a few questions for 
the listeners, asking them what clues 
the suspicious victims had to recog- 
nize the fact that the killer was not 
the legitimate heir. 

In casting the girl who goes along 
with the killer (suoposcdly for the 
ride, because there was no other 
reason), .lack- Grogan selected an in- 
enectual performer unsuited to the 
role, -making the whole dish taste- 
less. An effort was made to have 
the setting of the story sound very 
weird bv providing a backdrop of 
howling winds, but oroved more dis- 
tracting than anything else. Kay 
Reed's organ . music gave the 
•ram. its only sober note. 



| Radio Followup i 

The Luntg have been away from 
the American scene much too long, 
and a reprise of their well-known 
stage vehicle, "The Guardsman,".. 
Sunday (30), bore that out amply. 
The continental comedy, used in 
"The Theatre. Guild on the Air" one- 
hour series for U.S. Steel, on the 
ABC net, captured almost alt of the 
nuances that the performance de- 
manded. It lost little by the non- 
visual aspects when once the initial 
flavor was captured: Notable was 
the pace o( the performance, 

Kofi H. 

Lowell Thoni»s completed IS years 
on NBC, 13 lor the same sponsor 
(Sunoco) with his 15-mtpute news 
commentary, last Fri. (28 1, and the 
event was treated as a big occasion 
by the net and backer, with air audi- 
ence getting only a laste ot the brass- 
hat occasion. Literally, there was 
plentv of brass at the broadcast, at 
the Waldorf-Astoria (N. Y.) -with-Lt. 
Gen. Jimmy Doolittle the top-rank- 
ing serviceman present; Is'i'lcs Tram- 
moll. NBC press, representing the 
web: and .1. N. Pew, v. p. of Sun Oil 
Co.. showing up for the bankroller. 
'■ In spite of all the excitement. 
Thomas, managed to get '.a. hefty 
chunk of news into his spot, as well 
as giving some of his time to Tram- 
moll . Pew and Doolittle. The air 
audience, did not hear the. prelimi- 
naries, which involved H. V. Kaltcn- 
boril. "Col. Stoopiiagcl" and Dale 
Carnegie— nor the . after-broadcast 
speech by the guest of honor, who 
went. on from one reminiscence to 
another. Judging by Thomas' latest 
Hooperating (13.8. up 1.9 over last 
count ) there is somewhat of an audi- 
ence still interested in hearing him 
alter his record run. 



The late Major Glenn. Miller's 
Army Air Forces orchestra returned 
Saturday (29) to the NBC net with 
its. \T- Sustain the Wings" program 
minus the maestro, and staged an 
unusually line broadcast. Under the 
direction of Sgt. Jerry Gray, ar- 
ranger for Miller prewar, the band 
set out on its first number. "Flying 
Home." a bit raggedly, but recovered 
quickly and delivered a powerful lot 
of crack music for the rest of the 
half hour. • ' 

Outstanding in its performance 
was an arrangement of "Russian 
Patrol," written by Gray, plus a 
medley including "Long, Long Ago," 
"Laura," "Cherokee" and "Blue 
Rain." Sgt. Johnny Desmond, who 
excited GIs abroad w ith his Sinatra- 
ing. wasn't very impressive on "Long 
Ago. Far Away," but did a real job 
on "Laura." 

Script portion o( |he show includ- 
ed frequent plugs for Miller, who 
was lost on a plane flight over the 
English Channel, plus frequently 
planting the idea of maintaining a 
strong air force. Highlight of the 
worded periods though was the re- 
telling of the part one of Miller's 
DX broadcasts from "England played 
in the escape of two U. S. fliers, 
downed in France before V-E Day. 

It all added up to a line bit of 
broadcasting. ; Wood. 



"TAKE MY WORD" 

With Paul Conrad. I.ennie Sherei- 

Jerry Marshall, announcer 
Writers: Joseph Nathan Kane Kin 

Kass ' 
Directer: George Foster 
Music: Kay Keed 
15 Mins.; Fri., 10 p.m. 
Sustaining: 
WNEW, N. Y. 

Fifteen minutes are just enough 
for this novel piece. This isn't meant 
to damn with faint praise. On liie 
contrary, the program has its edu- 
cational as well as its entertaining 
points. ;' • ' 

Kane, the word specialist, gives 
the introductory note, and announcer 
Jerry Marshall carries on from 
there. The latter discusses various 
words with 'participating linguists 
and transitions into the dramatized 
documentary of the word's origina-. 
tion. Those used on the tirst stanza 
made for interesting listening. 

Direction under George Foster 
gave -the program punch. Perform- 
ers were inclined lo pop a little 
maize, but it was in keeping with 
the whole idea of "Take My Word." 



Keith's flve-timc-wcekly visits to lis- 
teners' homes coast lo coast. In the 
farewell, she thanked her "radio 
friends" for the .453 pianos and the 
680 radio sets they sent to service 
hospitals; likewise, for "all the won- 
derful things- y-66 have done for the 
boys and girls." Miss Keith, signing 
oft for a reason not disclosed on the 
broadcast, reminded listeners she 
would keep them informed of activi- 
ties iii New York, via "microphone' 
memos." After listing six projects 
she hoped could be kept alive. Miss 
Keith gave a P.O. number, so air pals 
could write her. 

Boh Howard started in the §2(1' 
street (N. Y. > nileries and now. with 
his WHN radio rep. he is really ripe 
for one of those Cafe Society Up- 
town or Zanzibar floors-hows. He's 
a tiptop showman, knows piauologis- 
tic values and projects over the air 
as well as on a cafe door. 



gave the Edgar Bergen show on Sun- 
day a sock lift and carried out the 
general trailer idea laid down by 
Jack Benny, with his return to the 
air this fall, that Sunday would be 
soCko comedy night. It. was a suave 
| institutional buildup lor the NBC. I 
segment, starling with Gilderslecve, 1 
Benny. Cass Daley, Brrgen-Charlie I 
McCarthy and Fred Allen in that | 
sequence. Allen had a number of 
gems as he marked his return to the 
mike. Rest of the Chase & Sanborn 
show was basically professional. 



Time for blaming (ales etirvei Upward 
U the kind of lime Weed & Company 
station* offer and Weed- men tell. 



Weed for help in spoiling hoi mar- 
kets and influencing them through 
topnolch availabilities. 



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Maxine Keith closed two years of 

friendly, informative, helpful morn- 
| ing "From Me to You" chats over a 
; Mutual microphone, with a simple, 
; sincere, moving, plea for racial and 
j religious tolerance. She also made a 

touching appeal to "network neigh- 
■ bors" to continue remembering and 
j thanking. by word and deed, the 
j young men and women who fought 

a successful war lor this Country. 

Service to members of the armed 
I forces, especially those confined in 

hospitals, had been a keynote o£ Miss 



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PfcRlETY 



ORCHESTRAS— MUSIC 



49 



Plane Snarl Grounds Russ Morgan 
Out of N. Y. Opening, Creates WB Furor 

' r u< ji Morgan's orchestra had the the Strand date. His contract at 



doubtful distinction last week of be-, 
coiriing the ' first band to miss a 
scheduled opening date at a major 
Broadway theatre. Flying from the 
Coast on a tight schedule, the band 
was mounded in Sioux City by bad 
weather and didn't get into' N. Y. 
until Saturday afternoon (29). It 
had been due at least by Friday 
mn-n'ing and should have rehearsed 
the previous 'afternoon (27). 

Meanwhile, Strand officials, Music 
Corp. of America and Joe Glaser, 
viiu.se. Associated Booking Corp. 
handles 'Morgan, hustled -.around and 
caijn! up with Tommy Reynolds' 01% 
i-hssii-a to sub. 

Morgan's failure to get to the 
Straw!- <><> time capped his mixup 
of a few weeks ago with the house, 
over the . Salter's move'up of his 
opening date from Oct. 12 to Fri- 
day i-8>. To make the change, 
Gli'.st r and MCA had to revise the 
leader's plans, including cancelling 
four weeks at the Aragon Ballroom, 
Ocean Btaeh, Cal., at • $4)000 per, a 
juicy sum for such a date. 

Left Coast Monday 

Morgan left the Coast, where he 
had played three days iFri.-Stiu. 21- 
23) at the Aragon, on Monday (.24). 
lie was being (town east by Army 
planes, slopping at Air Force bases 
ju . Alamago.rdo, ; N. M.; Colorado 
Springs and Sioux- City, la, on suc- 
cessive nights in return, for the 
transportation. When he-got to the 
latter, instead of being flown- into 
N. Y.. the planes were grounded. 
There the band waited. Then a bus 
took it to Madison, Wis., from where 
it trained to Chicago. Band left 
Cii Friday afternoon and got into 
N. Y. next day, more than 24 hours 
late for the Strand opening. 

Morgan's missing the opening cre- 
ated an' uproar, with Warners book- 
ing office asserting Morgan should 
not have been allowed to (ly cast 
the way he did. It's pointed out 
that had he taken a train from the 
Coast he would have arrived in N. Y. 
Thursday. (271, in plenty of time for 
'rehearsals. Similar incident last! 



the house didat allow for slandbys. 

■ Several Weeks ago, . the Strand 
wanted to move his date to Sept. 
28, which wouldn't allow him time to 
play the Aragon. or to form a new 
band in N. Y. Neither did it want 
to pay statidbys for a "traveling 
baud." Latter was finally agreed to, 
however, and Morgan cut his Ara- 
gon dale to three days the was 
forced to play it since the spot had 
advertised him extensively), Then 
came the cross-country situation. 



Colombia Chief Seeks 

European Deals On 
- Swaps of Masters 

The world-wide market for U. S. 
dance bands., which has been dis- 
cussed often and at great length since 
the start, of the war. might be helped 
toward reality if the plans of Ted 
Wallerstein, head of Columbia Rec- 
ording Corp., pan out. Wallerstein 
leaves N. Y. for Europe tomorrow 
iThtirs.) on a trip that may take him 
into Holland, France, Belgium and 
other countries in addition to Rig- 
land. His aim. is said to be the crea- 
tion of deals with recording com- 
panies in these countries whereby 
they will swap masters with Colum- 
bia.': :'■', 

Such thinking is unquestionably 
based on the influence of the Ameri- 
can GI< who has been followed into 
virtually all of the continental coun- 
tries by V-Discs. DX'd programs con- 
sisting of recordings of U. S. bands 
and vocalists, not to mention the 
numberless dance groups within the 
Army itself.- As a result of this, say 
many a returning soldier, Europeans 
have been conditioned more than 
ever before to the .-fyle of . music put 
forth by U. S. dance combos. 

Columbia before the war had an 
arrangement with Electrical Musical 
Industries, a firm tied up with a 
number of English and continental 
recording companies. Decca is. affili- 
ated with Decca. Ltd.. RCA-Viclor 
with "His Master's Voice." It's said 
whiter/ sent up "a "cry "agiu'nst tight I tllHt « ma jority of the ipressi.ig plants 



Condon's Own Bistro 

Eddie Condon, beginning his fifth 
season of jazz concerts at Town Hall, 
N. Y., next Sat. (6), plans to open 
his own night club in Greenwich 
Village. Condon 'has frequently 
played at "Nickji" another Village 
nitery. '■'.''', 



Major Publishers, Writers Aroused 
By Buck's Coast Spiel on ASCAP 



See $7,000,000 
For ASCAP in '45 



Deems Taylor's statement last 
week to the Coast meeting of mem- 
bers of the American Society of 
Composers, Authors and Publishers, 
to the effect that the Society's in- 
come for the third quarter ended 
Sept. 30 would be the largest in the 
organization's history, was amply 
backed up Thursday <27> at the reg- 
ular meeting of 'the Society's board. 
Distributable revenue piled up by the 
Society for the three-month period 
surpassed $1,800,000. Definite figure 
is not yet known since all of Sep- 
tember's receipts have not been 
audited. 

With the $1,600.00 in round figures 
earned for the first quarter of 1945. 
and the $1,075,000 or so garnered 
during the second quarter, .the So- 
ciety should turn up in the neighbor- 
hood of $7,000,000 for distribution to 
members' in the current year. It's 
expected that the final quarter of "45 
will at least equal the third quarter. 
Such an overall total would surpass 
the 1944 income by. rough*ly. $800,000. 



Italy Eyes Jazz 

Italy, which hasn't gone_ in 
strongly for American jazz, ap- 
parently is picking up interest. 
Italian outfits, having learned 
of Louis Armstrong's probable 
trip to "Europe later 'this year 
or early next as a result of bids 
from a syndicate of promoters, 
cabled Associated'TBooking- Corp. 
ahd Joe Glaser, Armstrong's 
bookers, last week, asking it he 
would consider including a tour 
of Italian key cities in his route. 

It is still not certain whether 
Armstrong will go to Europe. 
Glaser may go over there within 
the. next few months to check 
on offers for him, which in- 
volve guarantees of $10,000 
weekly for dates in England, 
France, Belgium, Holland and 
Switzerland. 



schedules tor bands based on the 
use <if -planes; at- that time Gene 
Krupa missed a Palladium, Holly- 
wood opening. . . 

At the Berkeley hotel, Clarcment. 
Cal., for the past two years, it was 
Morgan's intention to play dates in 
California, including four weeks at I 

the Aragon. lie would then have .lack Schiffman. former road man- 
broken up the band, come east with j ager for various bands, joined the 
a lew key men. and set up an all-802 : contact staff at Republic and World 
'i.V.Y. local of AFM) combo here for i Music in N. Y. Monday (1). 



connected with EMI. even those 
France. Italy and Holland, have not 
been hurt too "'much by the war and 
(hat they are capable of production. 
WaHcrstcih will be gone two or 
three weeks. He is making the trip 
via Clipper. . 



KAY KYSER PLAYING 
3 EASTERN 1-NITERS 

Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical 
Knowledge orchestra is coming east 
for commercial dates for the first 
time since before the war. Leader 
and his outfit, who returned to the 
Colgate-Palmolive broadcast tv/o 
weeks ago after attempting to remain 
off the show, are down to play for a 
celebration at the anniversary of the 
founding of the Naval Academy at 
Annapolis, Oct. 10. and will follow 
it with three one-nighters, at the 
Auditorium. Norfolk (12): Mosque, 
Richmond (13), and at an armory in 
Baltimore Oct. 14. 

Kyser will be in the ca*i a couple 
of -weeks and between his commer- 
cial broadcasts and one-nifchters will 
play camps and hospital* in the east- 
ern area. His first easteln broadcast 
will emanate from Annapolis, inci- 
dentally. 

Kyser last played in the east about 
1940, when he did one-nighters in 
New England and also worked a few 
weeks at Frank Dailey's Meadow- 
brook. Cedar Grove, N. J. 



Crackpot 'Hate' Sheet 
Attacking Music Biz, 
Broadcasters, ASCAP 

One of those crackpot periodicals, 
labeled IMF's Bulletin, published 
by Independent Music Publishers 
Service, edited in Aberdeen. Wash., 
by one Victor Lindstrom. Sr., is 
making the rounds. It's in the "hate" 
literature league, stressing the 
Jewish influence in popular song 
writing and publishing, radio broad- 
casting, etc., with a lot of drivel 
about ASCAP and BMI a supposedly 
"unfair" list, plus some one and 
two-inch ads by amateur song- 
writers.. 

Walter Winchell is in receipt of 
a memo that somebody connected 
with IMP'S — really simpleton throw- 
away — claims to having once worked 
for "Variety" and another trade- 
pape^; which requires no comment. 

B.C. TURNED 'THE RAY' 
ON ONCE TOO OFTEN 

It's, not generally known that 
when Benny Goodman played the 
Steel Pier. Atlantic City, some 
weeks ago, he fired his entire out- 
fit and started to walk from the 
bandstand. Trummy Young, a mem- 
ber of the band, grabbed him and 
dragged him to edge of the pier, 
and was about to dump him into the 
ocean when others intervened. 

Goodman later rehired most of the 
crew, wouldn't rehire Young. 



Statements by Gene Buck, former 
president of the American Society of 
Composers, Authors and Publishers, 
to Coast members of the Society at 
the annual meeting Sept. 20, has 
aroused sharp resentment among 
major publishers and writers in 
N, Y. concerned with the operation 
of the Society. Buck's statements 
became the subject of considerable 
discussion last Thursday (27) oy the 
Society's regular monthly director 
board meeting," . v ■ - •'''. .'•.!' 

One of Buck's statements in his 
Coast talk, which lasted 75 minutes, 
was in rebuttal to current presi- 
dent Deems . Taylor's report that 
ASCAP's income for the third quar- 
ter of 1945 (ending Sept. 30) would 
be the largest in the. Society's his- 
tory. (See separate story.) He said, 
in effect, that ASCAP was simply 
returning to the income position it 
held in 1941, prior to the, ill-fated 
battle with radio interests and 
while he was president. This state- 
ment so steamed some directors that 
they had figures compiled compar- 
ing 1945 s income with that of 1940. 
These figures assertedly proved that 
the "45 income surpasses '40 by be- 
tween 35-40%. However, cooler 
heads concerned with ASCAP say 
that Buck, probably meant that the 
'45 figures would be considerably 
higher if the fight with radio had 
not occurred (ASCAP's radio rev- 
enue dropped considerably after the 
tineas and the fact that the So- 
ciety's total income is steadily rising 
is not due entirely to rising radio 
revenue). However, they also hasten 
to add that the battle was launched 
while Buck president. 

Eastern ASCAPers also took ex- 
ception to Buck's repeated infer- 
ences that Herman Starr, head of the 
Warners' music combine and a cur- 
rent member of the Society's board, • 
was running the organization. These 
implications were made while Taylor 
was present. 

Despite the fact that Buck is said 
to have made it clear during his 
Coast talk that he would#hever 
again accept the presidency of 
ASCAP, many eastern publishers 
and writers are of the opinion that' 
his discourse to the western con- 
tingent was a subtle campaign 
speech. 



Cavallaro'* N. Y. Da'e 

Carmen Cavallaro's orchestra goes 
oitto location in N. Y. for the first 
time in more than year when, it 
opens at the Biltmore hotel,, N. Y., 
for six weeks Jan. 31. Cavallaro's 
last hotel date in N. Y. was at the 
Waldorf. -' 




A Hit by the composer of "Deep Purple' 



AUTUMN SERENADE 



Lyric by SAMMY GALLOP - Music by PETER DE ROSE 



Novelty Song with a Latin Flavor 

NO CAN DO 



Featured Song Hit in Monte Proser's Fall Copacabana Revue 

Lyric by CHARLIE TOBIAS - Music by NAT SIMON 



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ORCHESTRAS-MUSIC 



Wednesday. OHoWr 3, 191.1 



RCA-Victor Files Suit Vs. Columbia 
Records Over Xavier Cogat Disks 

RCA-Victor has filed suit against* ' — - — ~ 

Columbia Recording Corp: in N Y j Y rm k LoCSSer, Out Of 



over the tetter's release of an album ; 
of Xavier Cugat recordings. Market- 
ing of the album and filing of the 
action followed several meetings be- 
tween -officials ot the two firms dur- 
ing which Victor threatened suit if 
the discs were put out. 

Reason for the suit is .this: in all 
RCA-Victor contracts with record- 
ing artists there is a clause forbid- 
ding them to record the tunes they 
do for Victor for any other com- 
pany, in the event they ever more 
bfT : the label. Cugat ' had been : bit 
Victor for several years before mov- 
ing over to Columbia about four 
years ago. Duplicated in the dis- 
puted album for Columbia are seven 
songs he recorded for Victor. Others 
not included in the book are part of 
the suit, one he made recently with 
Xavier Cugar. Victor, its under- 
stood, no longer inserts such restric- 
tive clauses -in artists' contracts, but 
tiled the suit anyhow. 



Army, Talks New Pact 

Prank Loesser. who last Fri. t28f 
received a Clef award at Carnegie 
Hull. N. Y„ for his musical contri- 
butions to the war effort, departs 
for the Coast today Wed.), to huddle 
with Paramount execs about his 
future. Loesser, recently discharged 
from the Army, was under Par con- 
tract when he went into service. 
Contract remains effective, but prob- 
ability is that he'll ink a fresh one. 

Loesser has often expressed a de- 
sire to remain in N. Y. for awhile 
and may seek terms which allow 
him to work bri "pix scores from 
Manhattan. 



10 Best Sheet Sellers 

\\Vee1; Ending, Sept. 29 » 

Till End of Time .. ..Sanity 

I'll Buy That Dream Burke 

Atchison, Topeka Feist 

Gonna Love That Guy. Bourne 
Along . Navajo Trail . . . : . . .Leeds 
Don't Care Who Knows. Robbins 

11 1 Loved You T. B. Harms 

Feeling' In Moonlight Paul! 

You Came Along ......Famous- 
Paper Moon Harms 



LUNCEFORD, OXLEY 



A Sports and Dance 
Band Promoter Gets 
A Classical Education 

Omaha, Oct 



Max Clayton., promoter of the 
municipal auditorium who has, until 
CCCKI CDI ITTSMf 1 IID lhis P ast year, confined his enter- 
vOUuIjH wlLll HHll Ul i taiinnent to bonebreakers and maul- 
Jimmie Lunceford's orchestra and is wearing a bewildered look. 
per,onal manager H:«oldOxley. a p-:"f. booked , .' Tose Ul *\ A ' npal0 l 
pareotly are parting alter all these j Ituv . bl , °l\ ', J \ "i 
years. Lunccforcl has been dicker- W> St , M bctter ^^"A,.,, A 
ins the past couple of weeks with i 0 "^.;"" . he »'"^na««d Wott 11 
•t least two iff the major band!- 10 ^h. him up there. Who 11 pay | 
agencies on a management deal and 
is on the verge of closing one. Oxley 
assertedly has not sat in on the ne- 
gotiations., 

In the -post two years. Luncefprd 
has . concerned himself mostly with' 
the playing of one-nighters. He 
plays some theatre dates, usually in 
Negro theatres, and lately has not 
been on location. 



New Vogue Disk 
Unveiled in Chi 

Chicago. Oct. 2. 
Vogue Records.' Inc.. new Detroit 
recording company set up by Tom 
Saffity. 28-year-old mechanical wiz- 
ard who's reputed to have made be- 
tween $5- and $10,000,000 in the past 
four years with his "Sav-Way In- 
riustriss''. inventions, is another of 
the "non-breakable" outfits rushing 
into the growing field. This is one 
lot the firms Music Corp. of America 
I has been interested in. as a means 
lot entry into the disk business. 

Test recording of Jackie Heller 
seen here last week is a pinkish af- 
fair with a picture of the singer un- 
der, the surface — also designs cm- 
bracing a swirl of notes, maracas 
and palm trees to cue Latin disking. 
"Rum & Coke:" 
Record, ordinary size, has a flat 



NBC, CBS. ABC Mutual Plugs 



a 

aluminum core that keeps it from 
warping and buckling in the center. 
It doesn't bend, like other new ones 
in the field, but won't break. Outer 
covering is the same vinylite used 
in high-fidelity transcriptions, and 
Saffity is turning all the dough saved 
on his new production method — said 
auditorium wilt be j to be able to press records 80 times 



I that kind of dough" to hear a guy 
j play that kind of music. It it was 
| Frankie Carle or Eddy Diiclui), I'd 
say okay." •■>/•'• 

So. the seat sale opened and for 
; two days the lines have been long 
and the dough has been falling into 
the b:o. in a steady stream. The 




r music 

^^^.A^lv;:^ •^:V^j■i 

IT ijotr- - . : 



11:500 capacity 
I sold out. 

I Clayton, wearies a slaphappy 
| grin, says: "Who'd a thought it? 
I What's this guy going to play for 
j that kind of dough?" f 
j A hustling sports promotor of the 
o'd school, he is now reading the mu- 
sic columns of the N. Y. papers for 
tips. . • 



BOURNE, 

79<J Seventh Ave. New 



Votk l» N. Y. 



ARRANGER -COACH 



i'll»n(*f !'<•! :iijvniiccni<'iil with « W«'U- 
UiKtWu ttutlit in I'hitl.v. 

Wrlln t«ov 14. VurM? 

I.'.t Wr .l tiilli St., New Vorli lit. X. V. 



MAJESTIC CONTRACTS 
GEO. OLSEN TO TERMER 

George Olsen pactcd term record- 
ing contract with Majestic Records 
Monday tl i prior to Majestic's dis- 
tribution of Olsen's first platter 
under the new terms.. 

Olsen, currently winding up a 
four-month engagement at Starlight 
Roof of N. Y.'s Waldorf-Astoria 
hotel, is set hjp a four-week stand 

Oct. lii. aiioiiviri aie 
Palmer House Nov. 15. 



ister than any method used at pres 
ent — into continual improvement of 
the record itself. 

Pressing machine, reported to be 
a revolutionary advaneement in the 
process, was invented by Saffity. He 
has developed an idea similar to the 
circular pancake-making machines 
frequently seen in restaurant win- 
dows. Records will be in a variety 
of colors, "to fit moods in music"— 
red for swing, green for sweet, pur- 
ple for "pash" ("Bolero/' "Tempta- 
tion." "Malaguena." etc. i. Recording 
studios will be located in N. ¥.. Hol- 
lywood, Chi and Detroit. 



TITLE % 

A Door Will Open .". . ... ... '.». 

A Kiss Goodnight . . .. . : '. . . . 

Along the Navajo Trail V 

And There You Are— fWeekend At Waldorf"...:. 
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe—;"Harvey Girls". . . 
Autumn Serenade .................... 

Dearest Darling ........ ... .... . .... . . 

Fishin' For the Moon 

Gotta Be This or That ..'•,'•. . . . ■■■■■ ...:"..-;. 

Homesick That's All ...,,........,:.. 

How Deep Is the .Ocean ................... 

I Can't Begin to Tell You. . . ; 
I'd Do It All Over Again. . .:::.. . . . .. 

I Don't Want to Be Loved. .. . ... . . . ./.'..; .' . ..... 

If. 1 Loved You— '"Carousel" . .. . ...... . 

I'll Buy That Dream— i"Sing Your Way Home"..... 

I'm Gonna Love That Guy .'.,...,:..,..;.,...:. 

It's Only a Paper Moon • 
1 Wish 1 Knew— ("Diamond Horseshoe" ............ 

Love Letters — v' Love Letters" , . i ,-. 

No Can Do . . . . .;'.' ...;...': ..... ............. : .. • 

Promises '-..:..... ...... . '. ■■ . • ■ . . . . 

Remember When ,-. " - • • • 

Ihat's For Me— : :"Statc Fail ".,:,.,,...,.'.::....•• • 
The Wish That 1 Wish Tonight .....•..:':, . ....:■■.. . 

There's No You. , . . . ... .. .... .-.•'■. 

till the End ot Time ;' ... ......■.;.;.:..':/,. v ,;.,.:. ..v. :•. 

Waiting For the Train to Come In 

Walkitf With My Honey.: , 

You Came Along— f'Vou Came Along" 



. .Dorsev 

.Miller' 

.Leeds ". 
. .Feist 

.Feist 
...Bobbins ; 
. .Advanced ,. 
. .Chappell . 

Harms 
, Morris • 

Berlin 
BVC 
. Shapiro 
. .Mutual 
T. B. Harms 
Buiuc • 

.Bourne : 

.Harms 

.Triangle . 
. Famous 
. .Bobbins 

.Marchant 

•4C.P 

. .Williamson 
..Witiiark- 
.Barton 
. .Sandy 
. Block 
. (Republic 
. Famous 



t FlltriusicaJ. * Legit Musical, i B.M.I. Affiliate. 



Louisiana Gov. Secures 
Injunction Vs. Maestro 
For Use of His Name 

New Orleans, Oct. 2. 

Louisiana's Governor. Jimmie 
Davis won a victory when the Mis- 
sissippi supreme court at Jackson. 
Thursday (27) affirmed an injunc- 
tion restraining a Jackson musician 
from using the governor's name in 
eonnection with a band. 

Injunction. Davis said, was issued 
by the Hinds County Chancery court 
when he sought to restrain the 
musician. James Davis Cock fell; 
from using the name "Jimmie Davis 
and His Band" while playing over 
a radio station and night club in 
Jackson. 



Ted Slraeler orchestra held over 
for eight weeks at the Biltmore 
Bowl. Los Angeles. 



KYSER, CUGAT RENEWED 
BY COLUMBIA RECORDS 

Kay Kyser and Xavier Cugat's 
orchestras were both renewed by 

i -i^"^'X»(*»*»'-.^».^. 
Sacks' recent trip to the Coast. Both 
contracts are termers, but their ex- 
act length is not disclosed. ' 

Columbia also recently picked up 
Tommy Tucker's option. 



DUCHIN DUE OUT OF 
NAVY) EYES BAND 

Navy Lt. Eddy Duchin is back in 
this country after seeing the end of 
the war With the Japs from the deck 
of a destroyer of the Third Fleet. 
He participated in the surrender 
parade into Tokyo Bay. 

In Washington at the moment. 
Duchin may be out of service soon. 
In that event, he will resume 
maestroing. 

. llefkschrjr's Reorg 
j Ernie Heckseher, before the war a 
| well-known society type bandleader 

reorganising his oanu. riessei/or 
eight-week run at the Blaelcstone 
hotel. Chi. Heckscher was in the 
Army two years, stationed at Ran- 
dolph Field. Tex; v ' 



JAMES TO DISBAND FOR 
REST, BAND INCENSED 

, Hollywood. Oct. 2. 

Harry James' band will tem- 
porarily disband as soon as iTFTTff^" 
ishes a series of current one- 
nighters. Leader is said to be tak- 
ing a two-months rest. 

There is said to be considerable 
feeling among .some of his musicians 
here over James' temporary retire- 
ment. . It's understood he expected 
most of his men to wait around fol- 
ium to resume, without pay. ' 



Dick Cherwin scoring "King of the 
Forest Rangers," Republic serial. 



MILLS MUSIC TOPPERS 
• 

WELCOME HOME 

MARY LOU 

THE BLOND SAILOR 

I CAN'T BELIEVE 
THAT YOU'RE IN LOVE 
WITH ME 

MILLS MUSIC, INC. 

1*19 ■'way, N*w York 19. N. V. 



BILL McCUME 



WUy 



it .Mill ul IVItuim IMtlli Inn. 

mw**II t i •»>»*. I irlwilly i»ii«> thtii 

urn- n^iinhIIimi for >«■» 

Crazy Things— It's Nuts! 




Musk by A beautiful picture — perfectly expressed 

ROBERT STOLZ j n song _ j n 5 j mp j e) warm pl iraseS) se t to 
Lyric by 

ROBERT SOUR an affectionate and natural melody. 
You'll be Going Right When You Program GOING BACK HOME 



lj Tans - JerrvJcwin 



C H I € >\ G O 



'o NEW YOl 



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ENUE 

W. V. 




52 



ORCHESTRAS— MUSIC 



Wednesday, October 3, 1945 



Music Biz Eyes BMI Publisher s 65 
Plugs on One 7-Day Radio Show 



Major music publishers in N. Y. 
are considerably incensed over ac- 
tivities of Bradley Music Co., estab- 
lished recently via a Broadcast Mu* 
sic In?. $48-per-plug deal. Publish- 
ers' heat over the new firm came 
alter ' many of them discovered on 
the "most played" sheets of a week 
or two ago a total of 65 individual 
performances in seven days of 10 
different songs published by the 
company— and all done on one radio 
program. 

This program, occupying the 12:30 
to 1 a.m. slot on the ABC network, 
sponsored by Swagger, a perfume 
manufacturer, employs Milton Cross 
as m.c. and an orchestra under the 
. direction of Val Olman. Bradley 
. Music's N. Y. address -is.. on Fifth 
avenue, in the offices of Chaunccy 
Olinan. his brother. 

In the week cited above, when 65 
performances of 10 of the firm's 
comparatively unknown songs were 
done, a glace at the daily radio log 
showed that as many as 18 tunes 
were squeezed into a half-hour 
swagger program'. Occasionally, a 
pop was inserted. Since the average 
30-minute simple band remote rarely 
is able to squeeze in more than 10 
fuHy performed songs, that is pretty 
fast playing. 

--—-Ai_M8_i>e£plug from BMI. the 65 
performances - !*! — the — HI — number s 



(five were played seven times, five 
six times). Bradley Music benefited 
from Olman's conducting to the tune 



of $3,200, not a bad week's work. 
Incidentally, Val Olman is listed as 
the writer of some of the numbers 
Bradley publishes. 

ABC officials, apprised of the .situ- 
ation, are said to have warned Ol- 
man and the sponsor of the show to 
achieve a better popular balance on 
the time. 



SUES GUILD DISKS; 
TUNE INFRINGEMENT 

Charging infringement of his copy- 
righted song "Hold 'Im Joe," Sam- 
uel Manning, composer, filed suit last 
week (28 ) in New York federal court 
against Gerald Clark and Guild 
Records. Inc. Suit seeks an injunc- 
tion, damages and an accounting of 
profits from the alleged recording ot 
a tune, "My Donkey Wants Water." 
which Manning claims is his "Joe" 
in disguise. 

Complaint charges that in. Jan- 
uary, 1945. Clark and his orchestra 
recorded "Dqnkey" for Guild, which 
manufactured and sold the record- 
ings, which embody his tune and 
music, without his knowledge or 
consent. 

Manning also asks that all alleged 
infringing copies of "Donkey." be 
impounded by the court during pen- 
dency of the suit. 



Coots-Eager Team 

J. Fred Cools and Ed Eager have 
formed a new songwriting team and 
taken on a personal manager, Milton 
Bender. 

Initial effort .of the pair will be 
the score for tne new Embassy Club. 
N. Y., show. Embassy will occupy 
the site of the oM Biobamba. which 
opens early November with Bill 
Miller operating. They also are do- 
ing 'the score for the opening show 
of the Beachcomber, Miami. 



10 Best Sellers on Coin-Machines 



1. (Till End of Time (6) (Santly). 
(Polanaise (5) 



Al Comparte, former Jewel rep in 
Hollywood, moved over to Republic 
and World. 



Song Lyrics Expanding, 
Charlie Jones Joins Org 

Song Lyrics. Inc., which publishes 
two monthly music folios. "Song 
Hits" and "Latest Song Hits." will 
have veteran film publicist Charles 
Reed Jones in the organization on 
Nov. 5. coincidental with the outfit's 
expansion plans. These , include a 
new "Movie Songs," and possibly a 
monthly film fan magazine. 

Jones, for eight years with Re- , 
public Pictures as publicity and ad- 
vertising director, has resigned to 
edit the Song Lyrics publications of 
which Lyle Engle is head. He also 
has a participating deal on circula- 
tion. 

Rep has long been addicted to 
utilizing pop song titles for' its 
western pix, and thus Jones was 
thrown into the music field from the 
exploitation viewpoint. 

Denis Carlin. his aide, has been 
recommended by Jones as his suc- 
cessor. Steve Edwards continues as 
head of publicity. About two years 
ago at Jones' request the pub-ad de- 
partments, were split up so as to 
lighten his load. 



2. If I Loved You (8) (T. B. Harms). ...... 

3. I'll Buy That Dream (2) (Burke)...... 

4. Atchison, Topeka, Sanle Fe (12) (Feist) . 

5. I'm Gonna Love That Guy (5) (Bourne). 

6. That Feeling In Moonlight (3^ (Paull),. 

7. Tampieo (5) 

8. Paper Moon (4) (Harms) 

9. Gotta Be This or That (8) (Harms)..... 

10. Along Navajo Trail (1) (Leeds)........ 



( Perry Como. .Victor 
i Carmen Cavallaro ..-.Decca 

( Perry Como Victor 

| Bing Crosby ..... , . .Decca 

Harry James Columbia 

( Bing Crosby Decca 

\ Johnny Mercer .....Capitol 

Perry Como Victor 

Perry Como Victor 

Stan Kenton .... ... . .Capitol 

El la Fitzgerald ...... . Decc a 

Benny Goodman . .Columbia 

(Bing Crosby Decca 

{ Gene Krupa ..... .Columbia 



VICTOR DISCUSSING 
MUSIC CO. TAKEOVER 

RCA-Victor's recording division, 
rumored weeks back as being in- 
terested in a' music publishing seuip 
ot its own, has been discussing deals 
in N. Y. with already established 
firms. The idea seems to be to buy 
in on a going establishment. 

If Victor does consummate such 
an arrangement, it will join Decca 
and Columbia, both of which have 
their own publishing setups. Decca 
owns Sun Music, which so far has 
not been equipped with a contact 
staff, and Columbia recently reg- 
istered the Columbia Music and 
Okeh Music titles. Only a few 
copyrights are so far owned by 
either of the latter. 



Harry Peiyl shifted from Starlight 
apd Lincoln Music in N. Y. to E. B. 
Marks contact staff. 



The RUDY VALLEE MUSIC PUBLICATIONS 



Proudly Presents the Hit Ballad of the Year 



"2 GO***" ...... ^» ^ RECORDED BY 

,rt?^lf* V ^^^^K^^^ MORTON DOWNEY.... COCA-COLA 
^^^^^^^ CHUCK FOSTER LANGWORTH 

' ERNIE FIORITO ............ MUZAK 

, DICK HAYMES. . ...... .DECCA 

JEMY JEROME. KEYSTONE 

KAY KYSER. COLUMIIA 

LEI6HTON NORLE. .... .STANDARD 

JERRY WALD. ......... MAJESTIC 

RUDY VALLEE MUSIC PUBLICATIONS 

MURRAY LAZAR. Gn. M^r. 

HOLLYWOOD OFFICE NEW YORK OFFICE 

EquHobU IMg.. Hollywood and Vim Street, IrMdwoy, Ralph SmHwraii, jFrtf. M«r. 

* Irwin Timber*. 



Natl Music Merchants 
Regional Meet Opens 



(4) 



Dallas, Oct. 2. 

Regional .meeting of the National 
Assn. of Music Merchants will be 
held here at the Baker Hotel start- 
ing Thursday (4). William Howard 
Beasley, is local chairman. 

Beasley, prez of the Whittle Music 
Co., said that the confab, to be, at- 
tended by representatives irom 
Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and 
Oklahoma, will open with a noon 
luncheon. William A. Mills. Chi- 
cago, executive secretary and gen- 
eral manager of the association, will 
speak. 

Speakers at an afternoon round- 
table discussion will be George 11. 
Beasley of the Beasle^^usic Co, 
Texarkanri", Arkansas; George L. 
Dahl. Dallas; James W. Kelly, Kelly 
Music Stores, Corpus Christi, Texas, 
and Ray S. Erlandson, manager of 
the San Antonio Music Co., San An- 
tonio. 

Featured speaker at dinner will be 
E. R. Macduff, Dallas and Detroit, 
prez of the association and pre/, ot 
Granill Brothers, Detroit. 



Bob Eberly to Record 
For Decca as Soloist 

Bob Eberly. former Jimmy Dor- 
sey vocalist whose recordings with 
that band of "Green Eyes," "Maria 
Elena." "Amapola," etc., made him a 
strong name among singers until he 
went into the Army more than two 
years ago. will start work as a 
soloi.-t on Decca Records tomorrow 
IThurs. ). He will be backgrounded 
by Vic Schocu and an 18-picce 
orchestra. 

Still in the Army, Eberly has been 
substituting on the Chesterfield pro- 
gram o'n NBC for the past two and 
a half weeks while on furlough, lie 
stays on the show until Oct. li. IV" ry 
Como returns Oci, 8. 

Eherly's contract with Decca was 
«w«. r .t<.d whlVr hi* way still « ith 

is said to start with tomorrow's 
disking. 



Burl Ives sings "The Blue Tail 
Fly." "Foggy Foggy Dew," "Down in 
the Valley" and "Streets of Laredo." 
old American ballads, in "Smoky" at 
20th-Fo.\. 





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rca Victor 

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an entirely ^«P^^~ ^ 



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w ont break under any nor- 
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definitely 1 



Amazing Fidelity! 

You'll be thrilled by the 
life-like, concert-hall real- 
ism ... the pure, clear tone ^ 
of the new RCA Victor Red ( 
Seal Pe Lt«e Record! 





Snon vou will be able to hear the new RCA 
v^L Red Seal De Luxe Records at your deal- 
r^vS that the lugher price is weU 

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Salitv for almost half a century, _ v 

^^S^oneofthesethrillingre. 

vtdiscov c ; that the name, "RCA Victor 
You U. (Jiscovei - w , v.t»M true- 



Record surface noise is 
reduced to a new low 
point" In the new RCA 
Victor Red Seal De 
Luxe Record. You can 
enjov music to the full! 




51 



ORCHESTRAS-MUSIC 



Inside Orchestras-Musk 

A "hacker's tourney." conducted by music contact employees two weeks 
ago for those who failed to qualify for final rounds in the regular Music 
..Publishers Contact Employees union tournament, turned up a funny sit— 
Wiatibn: last week. Paul Barry, with Edwin H. Morris firm, eventually won 
the divot' test, by beating Mickey Oarlock in a playOlf. only to find that 
Ids winnings were confined to a cup donated by- George Olscn. He. had 
expected to set $150. a purse made uir' by the pushing of. $5 entry .fees by 
all those who Wished to play.' However, the day' the hackers' divoting 
was to start many men failed to show- up and others played under protest 
because there were no caddies at the Glen Oaks club that day. Barry and 
. a few others teed off late and didn't know of the pre-teeoft argument. He 
and Gar Lock tied and before they played it oil. the tourney was called off 
and entry lees returned. However, nobody had advised the two- finalists 
of the turn of events. '.; - '. ■ ■ .: . ■ .. ,} ■■ '. 

Strike of elevator operators in-.N, Y. last week occasionally interfered 
With some phases of I lie. baud .business. Deeca Records, for example, was 
forced to* cancel a few recording dates due to ,tfle fact that its studios are 
about 10 stories from the .street. It w'as impossible to haul musicians' 
instruments and other 'paraphernalia 'up the stairs even if the people in- 
volved felt they could accomplish it, . 

RCA-Victor had no such trouble since all. of its studios are on the street 
floor of its 24th street headquarters. Columbia, too, had no troublu since, 
the few dates it did occurred in CBS playhouses, also on street level, 
and at Liederkranz hall; ditto.: ,. 

• Leland Hay ward branch of Music. Corp. ot America was affected by 
the .strike and in order, U> continue work its staff temporarily moved to 
MCA's 5th ave. headquarters, a building not involved in the layoff.-' 

Benny Goodman, since his deal with the Commodore hotel. N. Y.. fell 
through, will restrict his work to. three pne-nighters a week in the imme- 
diate future and has no plans for locating. He denies harboring a dislike 
for the 400 Club. N. Y . as mentioned in lasl^ week's "Variety." Goodman 
also explains that he has not bought the property on which the Blue 
Gardens club, Armonk. N. Y., once stood i it burned dowrii, but admits to 
continuing conversations about its purchase with' owners. ' S 



Kay Armen. Ray Block's orch and the De.Margos will record the final 
portions of the Al Smith Memorial Album for Majestic Records on Oct. 10. 

Album will consist of eight sides, the titles having 'been chosen bv a 
committee consisting of Gene Buck. Eddie bowling, Eddie Cantor and 
Abel Green. 

Meadowbrook, Cedar Grove, N. J„ will have air-conditioning next sum- 
mer for the first time. Spot is currently being prepared for installations 
next spring, including drilling of an artesian Well. 



Lutz Out of Army 

Herbie Lutz, 'whose army discharge 
is expected momentarily, appointed 
westcoast professional manager of 
Saul Bornstein's ABC Music Co. 

Meanwhile, Fred Raphael, who 
joined Bornstein's trio of publishing 
firms l Buorne, ABC and Bogal > last 
week was assigned to contract super- 
vision, dealings with pix studios and 
commerce with foreign represent- 
atives. Nat Tannen continues as 
I executive aide to Bornstcin, a post 
! he's hel.d for more than 20 years. 

Jack Lawrence Nixed 
In Case Vs. Jewel Co. 

• Songwriter Jack Lawrence hist' 
! week dropped the decision in his 
i year-old ease against . .Jewel Music 
for a portion Of the publisher's in- 
come on his "Sunrise Serenade" 
song, Lawrence had filed an act-ion 
against .Jewel demanding a percent- 
age of the firm's income from 
SKSAC. an organization somewhat 
similar to ASCAP ill that.it lieen es 
music in certain fields. At the same 
time, Lawrence's bid for a portion 
I of .Jewel's income from ASC'AI'.'dc- 
: manded. despite the fact that he also 
; is a member Of the society and col- 
lects for the ■'■song's use. also was 
| tossed out. 

Lawrence's claims were originally 
I granted by a previous arbitration 
: board. However, this decision did 
I not award him any damages because 
if - was too difficult to fix a. figure: 
I This conclusion was not within the 
, law applying to such cases due to 
1 its "lack of finality.'' As a result, it 
was thrown out when Jewel took it 
into court. ■. 

Decision which eliminated Law- 
rence's entire contention was deliv- 
ered by a different board of arbitra- 
tors. Leonard, Zisso handled .Jewel's 
case, Lee Eastman. Lawrence's side. 




52 WEEKS 
FOR DINNINGS 



Kam l»nitrt- mtlio ronlrmt for 

tilt* Nlnil|[llt N**MMMI. 'I'll** 

l>inniii|c Ki»ti*rn pit I let) tin* *iin- 
|Mi->sil»lf" hy MKttiikK M'ICS' In |» 
"Sninjc's Tlr«* Thinif" for ,« Jlt- 
wfvli Htint In Sf|ilt* mltfr. I!MI, 
wltii-li urogram Ultn lo (Intt* 
brea t'\tfiiil«-tl for 5'i Wfi-Un. 
An instaolaaftia* hit ntl this 
jivfy lutll-lHiiir. Mvlng ia"s hy 
(hr IImhisiiimK have Hocked l«t 
join I In- IlinotM)*,'* j i r t * i > ol ra- 
dio followers, 

-The IHliiiiiitf'M sniHrtli IK-wei'l* 
♦Milfajf etn»*iH hi ChicaKO'tt "(Va- 
il l<* of ,s»i»(f," tin- College Inn, 
prove* their elicit on "Svtiafc's 
Tii** Thiufc" . has lireir no ao 
t'hlcnt. ■ 



Wcducsriay, OdoWr 3, 1915 

Bands at Hotel B. 07s 

„. . <*»er» I oiui 

Week* I'asi (o\er» 

lliind Hotel MiueU Wfik o.i li,,i« 

Hal Aloma*...... Lexington (300; 75c-$1.60> ... 50 2.000 tMHOO 

Chuck Poster*.... New Yorker (400, $1-$1.50). ... 8 1,850 l-l'.ir.o 

Stan Kenton. .... Pennsylvania (500; $1-$1.00) .... It 2,500 8075 

George Olscn*.--.. Waldorf (550; $2) 10 :i,l<)0 .3:5.1,75. 

Art Mooiiey.. Lincoln (275; $1-$1.50).. 3 . . 750 2 40(j 

Shop Fields. .... . Roosevelt (400; $i-$1.50)... 1 2:725 4.750' 

Sammy Kaye... Astor (75<k $1-$1.50> .. 5 5,000 25.175 

Tommy Dorsey . 400 Club (850; $1-$1.50>. .......... 3 4,850 17.t;r,o 

• Asterisks indicate a supporting floor show. New Yorl/er lias ice slioto; 
Lexington, tin HawQiUtn floor sliouv * 

.' . ; ■'. ■ Chicago 

I.es Brown (Panther Room, Sherman hotel: 950; $1.5((-$2.50 niin.i. Brown 
and 1 lie Meade "l^ux" Lewis-Joe Sullivan boogie combo solid-senders with 
6.700. ' ■' '•'■■ y . : : ■■"' .'.'••'.• ' 

Clyde Mct'oy (Boulevard Room, Stevens hotel: 650; $:i-S3.50 niin.V Down 
a little but not enough to worry. McCoy, Pitchmen, Canlii, D'lvons, Itave 
& Pedro; etc.. got 7,900. 

Eddie Oliver (Empire Room, Palmer House: TOO; $3-S.'l,50 min.i. Bh is 
sub-normal here. Only 4,300 for Oliver* .John Sebastian, Paul Winchellj 
.lore McMahon, etc. * 

; Los Angeles 

Freddy Martin (Ambassador: 900: $1-$1.50K Hitting steady pace and 
keeping the Grove filled at 4.200 tabs. 

T«d St racier (Biltmore: 900; $1-$1.50>. Slipped away from top figures 
but still no complaints with 3,750 covers. 

Location Jobs, Not in Hotels 

':, ' "'■ tciiicooo)' .; . ■ '' :•: 

Gay Olaridse (Chez Paree; 650; $3-$3.50 min.\ Greal 5.100 in nexl-lo- 
closing for Jerry Lester and Bob Evans, with Cabot & Dresden and Dixie 
Roberts h;o.'s for Danny Thomas layout -starting Tuesday (2>. 

Harry Cool. Blackhawk; 500: $2-$2.50 min.t. Turnstiles clicking to tune 
of .3.900 tor Cool, tapping Andrews Sisters. Gene.Fietds. . 

Buddy Shaw (Latin Quarter; 700: $3-$3,50 miii). Ted Lewis closed 
Thursday (27), splitting swell 4.800 with Harry Richman on laller's first 
bow! lit a Randolph street eslaminet. ; . • • 

(Los Angeles) 

Kddie Miller (Trianon. B, South Gate, 3rd Week!. Hiked slightly again 
and netted pleasing 8.300 payolas. 

Matty Malneck (Slapsy Maxie's. N. Los Angeles. 3rd week i. Gelling 
almost double turnover every night with hefty 4.000 customer.*. 

Carmen Cavallaro (Giro's, N, Hollywood. 19th week >.' Final Week for 
maestro brought hefty turnout of 3,000 covers for adieu. 



MCA Biggies Meet In 

Chi on Band Dept. 

Top executives of Music Corp. of 
America, including Jules Stein, presi- 
dent of the company; Larry Barnet. 
of the Coast office; David (Sonny) 
Werblin, of the N. Y. office, and 
heaijs of the Chicago branch, . are 
meeting in Chicago. Subject is said 
to bo the agency's band department, 
over which MCA biggies have had 
regular get-togethers. 
I Stein will cOme to N. Y. immedi- 
i.fitely after the meeting. Whether 
! Barnet will accompany him all the 
way east isn't revealed. 



R0BB1NS' BIZ IS SURE 
BUSTIN' OUT ALL OVER 

Jack Rabbins says that his Big 
Three (Robbins, Feist and Miller 
Music Corps.) are doing so much 
business he's embarrassed for space 
to store his publications. 
He hopes to consummate a lease 

1 on an additional 50,000 square feet 

[ for supplementary stockroom in the. 

I mid'town sector, adjacent to the 

: liomeotTice. 




Music Pubs Burn a Bit 
Over Clef Award Nods 

"Clef. Awards" 'made to various, 
music publishers and writers la>t 
Fridav- c28i night at "ceremonies- in 
Carnegie Hall. N: Y.. by Tune-Dex. 
staffed a flock of howls rolling hum 
•i-fK v.-ho thought the sni'g* 

?<P*5»w>. .«i«eiKM'«<V»^v 

iles did not represent a true picture 
of the 10 besl sellers of the past two 
years. 

That 111 os : of the objections were 
sincere and not based on fancied 
slights to their own product, was 
evidenced by the fact that the beefs 
concerned songs marketed by firms 
operated by others.. Perhaps t!"« 
oiily prizewinning tunes that didift 
come in for criticism for- being on. 
the list while others were not. were 
the No. 1. award "Don't Fence Me 
In," one of the, only two songs fo go 
over 1. 000.000 copies (other was ''Star 
Spangled Baling Waving Some- 
where"), in recent years. "Bell Bot- 
tom. Trousers" and "My Dreams Are 
Getting Better," which have sold 
oyer 900.000' and over 850.000 re- 
spectively. Some pubs asked what 
i happened to "Mair/.y Doats." which 
went over 850.000 in sales only a 
year ago. for example. 

Additional criticism was leveled 
over the awards to Pfc. Frank -Lues-- 
sen. .'for' his war. songs. Objeclois. 
grant, that Loessers overall efforts 
land his "Praise the Lord and Pass 
I the Ammunition" demanded recog- 
nition, but. couldn't see the excite-' 
jmcnt about "What Do You Do in the 
j Infantry" and "Rodger Young." They 
fell that since the thertie of the en- 
tire Clef affair Was sheet sales, that 
"There's a $ tar-Spangled Banner 
Waving Somewhere" and "Army Air 
Corps", songs, both of which sold in 
the neighborhood of 1.000,000 copies, 
should have been at least men- 
tioned. 

Broadcast Music. Inc.. execs felt 
slurred by Friday's Clef award af- 
fair at which none of their songs re- 
ceived a clef. BMI officials feel that 
Embassy's "I Dream of You" 
among top 10 sheet music sellers 

Same execs felt slighted again ■be- 
cause no BMI personnel received in- 
vites to attend the function. 



Wednesday, Oclobcr 3, 1945 



IETY 



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Variety 





COLUMBIA RECORDS 

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THOMAS P. SHEILS 



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56 



VAUDEVILLE 



VARIETY 



Wednesday. October 3, 1945 



British VAF Revises Foreign Acts 
Rules to Allow 56% Importations 



Louder,. Sept 
of last Sunday's.' «2.1> 
the .Variety Artist- Fecl- 
bceu amended so that 
the perforin - 



jDe-.-isum* 
ir.ee-liiui- 

i '.i>:i have 
u nv.iN'nui'iH ot 50 ■ 
ers tf oi'kins UUiy house in London 
can by acts ol foreign importation. 
Limit of 25",', previously announced 
VH1 apply only to the provinces.. 

It was alio ruled that no artist. 



Pitt. Gav 90's Has Spent 
fi Years With Right Gal 

Pittsburgh. Oct. 2 
Local nitory ;record run has been 
hunt! up by Dorothy Nesbitl.al Hotel 
Henry's Gay Nineties Louhfie. She 
passed her . sixth year at the spot 
last week. .' 

Long runs- aren't too uncommon 
in Cioldeiv Trianylc. Bob Carter, 
able, to import a luuh-priced act for I singer and m.e at Nixon Cafe has 

, ,:V.! «w, <m* 1 been there nearly six years, wlule M 

Marsico's band celebrates its fifth 
anniversary at that place next 



except those classified as "expen- 
sive acts" will be allowed to double. 
This was done due to the fact that 
it Would be economically unprolU- 



one booking- at a time. These act. 
; will be allowed to double between j 
i a: theatre and a cafe only, however, j 
!' No theatre doubling will be allowed. March 
: VAF is also '-considering a motion; '-.'.; 
! made by one of its members to giyc 



NEVER 



IXPERIENCI 



= 1 picS'crence in matter of importations i 
,-! to members who export talent. 
); Present set -up is considered more j 
f satisfactory to- British vaude pro- 
' diicers inasmuch as they consider it 
necessary to have a pair of conti- 
nental, acts, a.ioiisi with .two American 
ads "on - each bill, Under Viresent 
quota system, four or live acts of 
foreign vintage will be allowed on 
each bill. , " 



Latin Quarter, Del., Still 
In Hot Water; OP A Wins 



Chi Bistro's Fear They 
Are Being Framed By 
S.P/s and Young Tars 

Chicago, Oct. 2. 
Squawks tha| Navy S. P.'s here 
are trying to frame them were reg- 
istered last week by iiitery operators 
following an incident involving one 
of the Loop boites and two young 
tars. 

Sailors', who held, cards showing 
their ages as 21 \vljen questioned by 
b.u keeps,, were, later discovered 
be 18. Confronted at the 
two S. P. 
showing they we 

then told they'd have to go to the 
lockup 

the operator, upon which all con- 
cerned were packed into a paddy- 
wagon by Chi police, who cooper- 
ale with the S. Pi's here. 

After complaints were signed and 
op and bartender .were released oh 
bail, a Chi patrolman reported to 
the op that he'd found the cards 
showing the lads were 21 stuffed be 



to 



VAF Ruling Will 
React m Favor 
Of Ex-USOers 

American performers who have 
played USO-Camp Shows overseas j hind the Black Maria bench. Op 
tours arc expected to gel the prcf- | said he'd take the matter up at the 



Miami Also Has 
Big Expo Urge 

Miami is the latest town to be af- 
fected by the urge to stage a world's 
fair, joining Detroit ■ and Mexico 
City, which already have announced 
plans to stage giant exposition'.'. 
Miami plans to hold, its exhibit in 
1950 oil a scale encompassing 1.300 
acres. 

. First meeting of the group basal- 
bar bV I ie!lclv 1x011 ^ in New York uhe: e 
they displayed 'card's ? delegation of Florida oll icials.- edi-'/ 
; .e only 18 and were tors^and busmessnien consulled with ; 

architects and ollieials connected 

. : with the 1939-40 fair held at Flush- 
,nd s.gn compUunts agamst | in „ Mcadows . L ,. 

It's estimated that cost will ..'run' to 
$75,000,000 aim will be an all-year 
around attraction designed to. lure 
exhibitors and customers throughout 
the world. ' 



ercUce from British talent buyers. 
That's one of the immediate results 
of the ruling of the Variety Artists 
9CP 1 ] t •'•«.. 0 ! 'Federation.' BrilL-h talent union. 

•5Wj Jndgnient' in dUll! which , decreed that a maximum of 

! Detroit. Oct. 2 



next' meeting of Cafe Owner's Assn. 
as he could get no satisfaction front 
either the S. P:'s or the cops. 



mm 



BELLE 
BAKER 



o Lou WalU s *°* 



3 J. - AM© MAY WI 



OPA won judanienl for $:i(i.800 
I Thursday 1 27 1 in: Federal Court 
: against former operators ...of the 
Latin Quarter night club, for tipping 
the tariff on food, and drinks' more 
than the law allowed. ^ 

judgroent was issued against Latin 
Quarter Restaurant Inc.. Grand Ter- 
race. Inc. (name of the spot before-; 
L. Q. moved in last year), and i 
Arthur Rozen. receiver when the L. . 
Q. corporation was reorganized. Ro- | 
zen and Louis E. Walters formerly I 
operated the club. 

OPA sued tor $120,000 treble dam- , 
i ages. Judgment is for the full 1 
i amount of overcharges, which OPA | 
| accountants said were nicked from 
. the customers between Sept. 19, 1944, 
! and Oct. 31. 1944. 



j 50% of billi; in, any London house 
I may consist .of foreign acts, while 
; importations in hinterland houses 
; may not exceed 25'r . ... - 

British buyers will go for former 



OPA SUIT VS. CHI'S 
PUMP ROOM DISMISSED 



USO entertainers bet 
fact that they'll need 



of 
that 



the 

are 



Suit for 
food 



Chicago.. Oct. 2. 
ovcreciling charges on 



familiar to British audiences. They 
prefer headlincrs. but see no imme- 
diate hope of getting names across 
the pond. Consequently they'll turn 
to USO acts because many have 
played to British tommies. 



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Costume Clearance Safe 

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CONNEE BOSWELL SET 
FOR LONDON CLUB, N.Y. 

London club. Jack Harris' new op- 
eration on the site of La Conga. N.Y.. 
has signed Connee Boswell as head- 
liner on the initial show, set to open 
between Oct. 5 and 12. Surrounding 
talent hasn't been set yet. but dicker 
is on for Alan Gale and Doe Marcus. 

Karris, who at one time was a 
bandleader in smart British spots, 
had been trying to import some con- 
tinental names. 

Dickers for Barry Wood and 

''ihhriMfrn'juiiini. 4i -iism 'b-Jyil 
Harris hasn't given up Cue ioea Oi" 
getting British names. Deal is cur- 
rently on for Will Fyffe 

Miss Boswell is getting $2,500 for 
two shows at 9 and 12. Band back- 
ling, is still one of Harris' major 
j problems. Under present plans he'll 
Mead the orch as he did when he 
made a rep as a maestro in the Lon- 
. don swank spots; However. Harris 
is reported willing to use new bands 



geared to three headline acts as op- 
erators have been forced into that 
procedure by virtue of the house 
scarcity in blitzed England. . 

Val Parncll has notified American 
talent offices that he'll be coming 
to this country as soon as VAF lists 
the foreign act quota. Feeling here 
is that he'll buy former USOers in 
lieu of names. 

However, question of transporta- 
tion and new British system 'of tax- 
ing foreign acts are still the big 
question marks in bookings. S.i far. 
no transportation is available to acts' 
through normal channels, and none 
here have had word on the new tax 
rate. It's felt here, that' the nick 
will be small as all expenses, includ- 
ing passage, wardrobe, living and 
material costs will be deducted be- 
fore the new sliding tax rate will 
apply. 



jnd beverages tiled by OPA 
against the Pump Room. Ambassa- 
dor East hotel winery, was dismis- 
sed: last week by Federal Judge Wil- 
liam ,T. Campbell on motion of Of A 
attorney Gene Devitf. 

OPA filed the treble damage suit 
last May. after only a cursory ex- 
amination of the Pump's menus, ac- 
cording to Devitt. and it was later 
proved the violations didn't exist. 



THE AMAZING 

LADY ETHEL 



AND 



DR. JESTER 

Marvels of Magical 
Perception 
MENTAUST 

SUAVE 
MYSTIFYING 
HILARIOUS 



FIRE CLAIMS PAID BY 

Bluff FiiWias; 



Harlfoio, Oct. 2. 
i Total awards of $101.0110 have been 
made on claims against the Ringing 
Brothers. Barnum & Bailey Circus 
as result of injuries and deaths 
caused by the disastrous circus (ire 
of July, 1944. here. Awards were 
made by a special board of arbitra- 
tion committee. 
To date 210 cases have been heard. 



settih^ their start who'll work . for t ot whlch J-W were death cases. Board 



scale and experience. 



JUVENILE STARS 
ON ICE 

Country's Youngcit 
Professionals 

ALIS and PATTY 

FOSTER 



Currently With Elizabeth 
Chandler Productions 

Steel Pier, Theatres, Hotel 
Tanks, Special Appearances 




Per. M*t.: A. C. HBESEN 
65 Park Ave.. New York 



has a docket of 504 cases. 



Midnight Booze Ban On 
Indefinitely in California 

Sacramento. Oct. 2 •' 
Midnight curlew On drinking' in 
California will continue at least un- 
til next April, under a ruling by 
Robert W. Kenny, attorney general, 
t Curlew Act provides that it shall 
j not be lilted until six months after 
| the formal declaration of the eessa- 
; lion of hostilities'. If such deelaro- 
j tion weie marie today, drinking 
I could not be resumed until dboul 
I April 1. '..'v. . --. - -•■ 

j Only possible relief for post-mid- 
I night drinkers is. a...speeial"sessioh. of 
I the Legislature, which, .is possible 
| within the next three months, to 
declare the cud of hostilities. 



Danny Thomas to N.Y.'s 
La Martinique in January 

Danny Thomas has been signed for 
La Martinique. N. Y„ to start some- 
time in January. He'll be playing 
off a commitment made some time 
ago. but delayed to permit him to 
work on radio. . 

Thomas resumed iiitery' chores at 
the Che-/. Paree. Chi. last night 12 ). 

Jas. Richards (& Car on) 
Appeals $300 AGVA Fine 

James Richards, member of the 
vaude team of Richards & Car.son. 
who was fined $500 by a trial board 
at American Guild of Variety Art- 
ists several weeks ago. for alleged 
assault on Dick Jones, head of 
AGVA's Philly local, is appealing 
xso upon grounds that amount of 

wui hold until Matt Shelvey. na 
tional administrator of AGVA. re- 
turns to N. Y. from crass-country 
tour next week. 

At the trial board hearing. Jones 
claimed that while on official busi- 
ness at a Philly niteiy where Rich- 
ards worked, the latter assaulted: 
Vim so that he required hospitali- 
zation. Richards claimed Jones-pre- 
cipitated the quarrel, but the board 
found him guilty and recommended 
his dismissal from the union, Jones 
interceded arid penalty was changed 
to the $50!) fine, stipulating the 
amount must be paid before Rich- 
ards would be reinstated to good 

' standing, which meant he couldn't 
work Until -the. fine was p:,id.. He 

j has petitioned for a 5B*j, reduction 
of (inc. 

There is also a criminal action for 
assault pending against the actor (n 
Philadelphia. It comes up this 
month. ' 




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Wednesday, October 3, 1945 



J<ARIETY 



VAUDEVILLE 



57 



N.Y. LOSING LURE FOR NEW ACTS 



Mpk Nitery Op Disappears During 
Trial for Murder of Labor Organizer 





Minneapolis, Oct. 2. 4 
Dining his trial, for second degree 
murder, Rubin Shotsky, one of the 
co-owners of the Casablanca, a lead- 
•jntf nitcry here, has disappeared and 
no trace of him can be found. His 
wife and attorneys claim he's a vic- 
tim of foul play, but police think 
he's taken it on the lam. He was 
mil on 820,000 bail during the trial, 
•which had progressed into its third 
week. Prosecution had finished its 
ease, and the defense had not begun. 

Shetsky shot and killed a union 
organizer ill the club during a quar- 
rel said to have started when he 
rapped organized labor for "elect- 
ing'' the present mayor, who has 
clamped an air-tight lid, on all gam- 
bling, etc; His defense was to have 
been self-defense. • 



The 

□ runkenest 
Drunk You 
Ewer Saw. - 
The 

Laughingest 
Laughter 
You Ever 
Heard. 
Put 

Together 
It's 




STEVE 
EVANS 

I'lirmillv 
KKO BOSTON' (Week S. '«) 
OlM-nillK OH . 5 f»r ! ftrrki 
^rONTINKNT.YI, • l.l'K 
tiirNAiwitkr. Olil«» 

Wit.- MATTY KOSESl 



Dropping of NX's Lift 
Strike Boosts Bistros 

N. Y. nitery biz slowed down last 
week to merely terrific. Cafes were 
hit anywhere from 10 to 20'.'<> during 
the elevator strike, which tied up 
midtowri offices and buildings but 
bounced back to . normalcy Friday 
(28) when strikers agreed to go to 
arbitration and resumed operation of 
the lifts. 

Reason for the decline was pretty 
evident to the bonifaces; Anyone 
who has climbed anywhere from six 
to twenty stories twice a day isn't in 
condition for night-clubbing. How- 
ever, hordes of out-nf-towtiers, kept 
the business going. There are enough 
visitors here now to keep all enter- 
tainment enterprises filled to capac- 
ity.. ; : ■/■ .':, '••/.; 



[ 

PAYS BETTER 



AGVA Sets Up Coast Committee To 
0.0. Mex. Bookings After Complaints 



Larruping Lesters To 
Oppose One Another 
At 2 Phiily Niteries 

The feuding Lester brothers. 
Jerry and Buddy are carrying 
Hatlield-Coy to Philadelphia, Jerry 
opens ' to morrow (4) at Jack 
Lynch's Walton Roof, while Buddy 
will precede him by one' clay at 'the 
neighboring Coronet club. 

Simultaneous appearance of both 
is figured to be a good move for 
both niteries, since there'll be some 
additional spending by Phiily stay- 
outs for purpose of comparison and 
to see who's stealing from whom. 

The b(>ys ; hayC4i\--spo!ce\i-'l<) : -cach 
other since Jerry accused .' his 
younger brother of material theft. 



N, Y. va.ude bookers have come to 
realize that Gotham, always the 
meoca of this type of performer, is 
losing its importance as a showcase 
for new acts. There's a multitude' 
of small niteries in the hinterlands 
that are paying turns of all types, 
coin comparable to metropolitan 
vaudc houses and as a result the 
talent is staying in these local bis- 
tros and forgetting N. Y. theatres. 

This setup has been keeping acts 
out Of N. Y. in droves, according to 
bookers and the effect of the lack 
of new turns is being felt seriously. ; 

Performers' reasons for taking this 
| attitude are reasonable, even to the 
: bookers decrying the situation. Acts 
figure that a break-in date in N. Y. 
! necessitates a slice in the salaries 
they have been drawing and what's 
more there's no guarantee they will 
be bought after they sacrifice for the 
opportunity to show. They also as- 
jsertthat N. Y. trial appearances are 
I now done under unfavorable condi- 
j tions. It's claimed that the musical 
I accompaniment at most of the lest 
i houses are enough to ruin anyone's 
I act.' ; . 
j Even if they do click — what'll it 
'get them? It's not like the old days 
j of the Palace when, if an act made 
I good, it got a route a mile long. 
| If one makes- good today in N. Y. 
possibilties are limited. Most they 
can hope for is a limited number of 
; weeks and chance , of repeating, that 
'■ house or a neighboring theatre in six' 
i months. And besides-^they work 
I Tour shows and up daily in vaude 
■as against three in niteries. 
'j Another factor mitigating against 
; the N. Y. bookers is the fact that 
it's .ji'o longer necessary to play 
Broadway jti.oicler to raise salaries. 
(Continued on page 59) 



Mpk. City Council Clips 
Hour From Town's Bars 

Minneapolis, Oct. 2. 

Just to deprive night clubs and 
bars of an additional hour Sunday I 
morning, city council here passed an ! 
ordinance calling for the change 
from war to per.ee time to occur at 
12.01 a.m. Monday, instead of 2 a.m. 
Sunday. In St. Paul, however, the | 
clock was set back at the proper 
time and for 24. hours the Twin 
Cities had different times. 

As a result local night clubs and 
bars had to close at 2 a.m.. Sunday, 
as usual, instead of 3 a.m., and 
didn't gain the extra hour. 



There's Nothing Like 
Being Prepared, Even 
For a Vault Heistiug 

Chicago, Oct. 2. 

One story that didn't hit the dail- 
ies here last week because of influ- 
ence brought to bear by the nitery 
operators involved, concerned >a duo 
of ingenious burglars who helsted 
the spot's safe, containing $20,000 in 
receipts, from the chemin-de-fer 
room run by the ops! 

Two guys overpowered the night- 
watchman, bound and gagged him. 
ran a loading platform of their own 
design from the truck they were 
driving up to the back door, tilted 
the safe onto a dolly they had 
brought along, rolled it out on the 
homemade runway =UUBl were off in 
a cloud of dust. Whole operation 
took about 15 minutes. 



Hollywood, Oct. 2. 

Committee to clear Mexican book- 
ings of American acts has been set 
up by American Guild of Variety 
Artists here. Group will consist of 
Pat Geracej, Tess Diamond, Don 
Gilbert, representing AGVA, and 
Cantinflas, noted Mex comic who 
heads all Mexican talent unions. 

All American producers planning 
scut h-pf-f he-border jaunts will bring 
available information to this com- 
mittee which will be turned over to 
Edmundo Santas, Cantinflas' person- 
al manager, who will act in advisery 
capacity. Info will in turn, be sent 
back to the talent union which wiH 
give, the final okay. If producer in- 
sists on touring without AGVA per- 
.'Continued on page 59) 




Bo jfi'-d by 



3 ' Z 3 ■■ 



The New Singing Sensation— With the 
HOLD OVER HABIT At America's Top Spots! 




—He Sings in Six Languages and He's Great in Every One! 
— He's Terrific in Every Style and Your Patrons Will Be Quick vc 
Recognize it! 

* FLORENTINE GARDENS. Hollywood— Held Over 28 Weeks— Re- 
booked March. 1946! 

* LATIN QUARTER. New York— Held Over 12 Weeks— Rebooked 
December. 1945! 

* LATIN QUARTER. Boston— Held Over 7 Weeks— Rebooked As Soon 
As Available! 

* WALTON ROOF. Philadelphia— Held Over * Weeks— Rebooked 
November 1945 

* TOWN BARN, Buffalo— December. 1944. and Right Back in April. 
1945, for a Return Engagement! 

* CHEZ PAREE. Chicago— Just Finished 18 Weeks and Stopped the 
Show Every Night! 

* CURRENTLY in 2nd Week at Chicago Theatre. 

Personal McHM9«m«nr. PHIL SHELLEY . " 
Exclusive Direction 

WILLIAM MORRIS AGENCY. Inc. 
CHICAGO NEW YORK REVERLY HILLS 




58 



VAUDEVILLE 



P&RIETY 



Wednesday. October 3, 1945 



12 Chi Hotels Earmark $1525,000 
For Extensive Refurbishing Work 



Chicago, Oct. 2: 
Their coffers lined as result of the' 
.wartime spending binge, Chi hotels 
are "starting 6i> a spending spree to. 
spruce' up their 135,000 guest rooms, 
niteries, dining rooms, lobbies, etc.. 
and to' replace those lost, strayed 
and worn-out accessories: silverware, 
dishes, glassware, linens, blankets. 



MIRIAM 
SEABOLD 

Prima Ballerina 






■wtviv.v*:?-;:; . .. 




. 1 







17th WEEK 
VERSAILLES 
NEW YORK 



WALTER WINCHELL: "Tht Big 
Tim* Miriam StaboM's WMm 
magic at Versailles." 

■y, GENE KNIGHT 
New York Journal-American 
PLUG OF THE WEEK— Ye Might 
Award of Applauding Palm! gooi 
this victory wook to lovely Miriam 

McKenna offering at Mm Versaflles, 
whoso grace, talent, Imagination 



carpets, upholstery, drupes arc! fur- 
niture. Not to ivTenthm personnel, 
whose efficiency they're trying to 
hypo by setting postwar hiring .stand- 
ards' higher.. 'than- peacetime, levels. 

Hotel Sherman, operated by Frank 
Bering and Ernie ByHeld. has. to give 
an idea, earmarked $1,500,000 for 
modcrnizal ioiv. with present plans in- 
dicating it'll take at least live years 
to give the hostelry the .going-over 
blueprinted by Holabird & Root, 
architects. They're going to build 



Hampton at N.Y. Strand 
For 2d Consec Xtnas 

Lionel Hampton's orchestra v. 3 
for the second straight year occupy 
the Yulelide period at the Strand 
theatre, N. Y. Band opens Doc, 21 
for at least four weeks. 

Hampton .was part .of the Show 
that set a new house record at the 
Strand last Xmas.: 



Niteries Unable To 
Install Talent Due 
To 0PA Restrictions i 



Cabarets 



a new air-conditioned lobby 
a new main kitchen, and 
fluorescent lamps throughout 



install I dropped floor 



Han ford, Oct: 2. 
around here thai 
shows right alter 



ICE FOLLIES' SMASHES 
MARK; 100G LA. PREEM 

Hollywood, Oct. 2, 
"fee Follies of 1940'' smashed its 
own boxoflice record set here last 
vear by snagging just a few dollars 
over $100,000 lor the the first week. 
Figure for 1944's opening stanza 
was SK7.000. Troupe played to 45.000 
payees .this year, slightly higher 
than last .year's attendance. Per- 
formance;- this : year totalled eight, 
one less than in 1944's opener. 

Top prices for the freeze show 
are .up a bit, hitting $3.G0 during the 
week, whereas $3.60 prevailed only 
during weekends last year. Advance 
is 20'; over last year's. . 



Other ambitious plans are: 

Palmer House. $1,000,000. to ex- 
pand a'ircondilioning to, "a great 
many more'' than the 250 guest rooms 
now being cooled, and to install new 
lighting; Bismarck, $1,000,000. mostly, 
according to manager Otto Eitel, "to 
place operations on a more economic 
basis"; LaSalle, $750,000 for new ele- 
vators, refrigeration system, kitchens 
and a $30,000 gadget that'll make ice 
tubes instead of cubes. The "why" 
of the latter gimmick must remain a 
mystery for the time being; anyway, 
"that's what the man said." 

Morrison, at least $200,000— mostly 
to extend and improve aircondilion- 
|ing; Drake, $250,000; Blackstone, 
5100,000: Edgewater Beach. $200,000; 
and Congress, recently reopened, 
$1,500,000. wfiieh it's already in the 
process of spending, readying the 
remaining 430 of its 970 rooms. 

Others who revealed their alloca- 
tions for improvements last week 
were the three local Lott hotels 
(Webster. Parkway and Belden- 
StratfordJ, $400,000: Windermere, 
$400,000, and Oirington. $225,000. 



plug in I Pearl Harbor, or later when talent 
I, prices began rising, are having 
i trouble reinstating . them, and the 
condition is believed to be dupli- 
• caied frequently elsewhere. 
! It seems the OPA restrictions on 
, prices won't allow a high-enough 
gross to support an entertainment 
budget, and the Government bureau 
will not ease its ceilings. As a re- 
sult, many spots here that previous- 
ly presented floor shows, and others 
that didn't, cannot afford to install 
them. 

Paddock, suburban spot operated 
by Cameron Gordon, is an example. 
Formerly a beer garden, Gordon 
last summer converted his place into 
a nightclub, presenting jazz eon- 
certs, dancing, etc. He found tough 
going due to the fact the OPA re- 
strictions on his spot were on the 
basis of the beer garden style of 
operation. He has applied to Wash- 
ington for relief. 



New AGVA Signecs , 

American Guild of Variety Artists, 
via its N. Y. local, signed four addi- 
tional niteries in the Greater N. Y. 
area v lo minimum basic agreements. 

Spots arc .Wcismantel's Casino and 
Lincoln Club, both in Jamaica, L. I., 
and Old Roumanian and Rainbow 
Ihii, on N. Y.'s east side. All are 
committed to a six-day work week 
lor choristers. 



[ 



BILL GREEN'S, PITT., 
PAYS BIG OPA FINE 

• Pittsburgh. Oct. 2. 
Mrs. Mary D. Green, who has Op- 
erated Bill Gieen's Casino here since 
her husband went into the Navy sev- 
eral months a'go, has settled a 
treble damage suit brought by the 
OPA for alleged overcharges of 10c. 
each in the sale of 7,740 gin-based 
drinks, 

Mrs. Green paid $774 to effect the 
settlement. The charges had been 
made by the McKeesport ration 
board. In civilian life. Green was a 
price-panel member of that same 
board. 



COOTIE WILLIAMS SET 
AT ZANZIBAR, N Y. 

Cootie Williams' orchestra has 
been signed to follow the current 
Duke Ellington into the Cafe Zanzi- 
bar, N. Y., early in December for a 
10-week run. It will be his first loca- 
tion bodlring in the Broadway sector. 
His sole work in this area so far has 
been a date at the Paramount the- 
atre. N. Y. 

Williams is currently in the mid- 
west. ' - 



among the happy chock payor*. 
Oh. Miriam! Ah. Mi! 

IMKKCTION: 

JOHN SINGER 

101 Uli AVE., NEW YORK 



Jean Sablon Returning 
To Chi's Blackstone Hotel 

. l-iiini' fiiMi ffc.'^d hajj^.jn jjhis^ 

country shortly after an extendeu 
stay in South America, has been set 
for his initial nitery abearance in 
several years at the Blackstone hotel, 
Chicago, opening Nov. 1. 

William Morris agency is presently 
dickering for a N. Y. nitery date 
upon completion of the Blackstone 
stand. ' There's also the possibility 
that he'll do an air show. 



LOEW 

BOOKING 
AGENCY 

GENERAL EXECUTIVE OFFICES 

LOEW BUILDING ANNEX 

160 W. 44ih St., N Y C. • Bftyant 9-7(00 




Awarded $15,000 Under 
Dram Shop Act in Suit 

Chicago, Oct: 2. 
Another unusual decision under 
the drama shop act was handed 
the dram shop act was handed 
down here last week when Walter 
Canning, 40-year-old bowling alley 
pinboy, was awarded $15,000 dam- 
ages by a jury in Circuit Court. Ver- 
dict was against Sam Ablin, opera- 
tor of the Shanty Inn, w. k. north 
side honkytonk. 

gouged- -out when ne resistet~at- 
tempts by two of the spot's cus- 
tomers to roll him. Both robbers 
are now serving prison terms. 



@unne*tlcf 1 

MONTE PROSER'S I 

COPACABANA I 



%n*7ttvutfe& 

PRINCE OF THE RUMBA 




f-HSONAl MANAGEMENT 

R0BBINS ARTIST BUREAU 

1619 ■'WAY, NEW YORK 19 



New N. Y. Cafe 

New club using name acts opened 
last Friday (28) in the Whitehall 
hotel, uptown N. Y. Spot is called 
the 100 Club. It opened with Una 
Mae Carlisle and Eddie South's or- 
chestra. 

Originally, John Kirby was set to 
go into the spot for four weeks, but 
a mixup over salary caused him to 
withdraw. South and Miss Carlisle 
were spotted in on short notice. 



Sudy Replaces Grant 

Joe Sudy's orchestra* replaces Bob 
Grant at the Biltmore hotel, N. Y-. 
Monday (8). 

Grant shifts his band to the Stat- 
ler hotel, Detroit. 



THE 

CHORDS 

SELECTED FOR 

~'~ HALL tfNIT 

FOR OVERSEAS 

fT.eon I*onl<toff 
Thanks to ■! Kiiva Schooler 

L Lawrence Phlllpa 

Per. Manncement : EDDIE SMITH 




LAURETTE end CLYMAS 

DANCE HUMORISTS 
Now Appearing CASINO URCA 
Klo lie •Tuniero, Brazil 
New York Address, MAY JOHNSON 



Matt Shelvey Sets New 
AGVA Agreements With 
3 Top H'wood Bistros 

Before shoving off from Holly, 
wood last Week for Seattle, Matt 
Shelvey, national director of the 
American Guil'd of Variety Artists 
renewed union pacts with Earl Car- 
roll's, Ciro's and Florentine Gardens, 
trio of Hollywood niteries whose 
former contracts had matured. 

Shelvey. originally skedded to be 
back in N. Y, this week, has had to 
extend his tour a week or 10 days. 
Upon leaving Hollywood he hopped 
to Seattle to look over theatre and 
nitery union matters there. After 
that he'll go to Chicago to set fran- 
chises for mid-western members of 
the National Assn. of Theatrical 
Agents. Alter that will head back 
to N. Y. 



FROM 

COAST TO COAST 
THEY SAID 




AMD 



PATRICIA 



HAD TO ENCORE AGAIN AND 
AGAIN . . . all their dances art 
DARING,"— EARL WILSON, Now 
York Fort — ST. REGIS HOTEL. Now 
York. . 

. * — — — — 
"On. of THE CRACK DANCE 
TEAMS NOW CURRENT . . . THEY 
HAVE CLASS— in FACT THEY 
REEK OF IT. THEY IORDERED ON 
THE SENSATIONAL."— G. HOL- 
LAND, Boston American — BRAD- 
FORD ROOF. Boston. * 



"Whoro they an HEADLINING. 
PATRICIA is tho EPITOME *OF 
GRACE. CAPFELLA'S HANDLING 
IS PERFECT."— HERSCHELL HART. 
Detroit News — BOWERY, Detroit. 



"And their MOVEMENTS PRO- 
DUCED BREATHLESS EXCITE- 
MENT."— PENCE JAMES. Newt. 
Chicago — RIOCABANA, Chicago. 

"THE TOP HIT OF THE SHOW." 
— F. LAWRENCE. Examiner— 
"YOURS FOR FUN." Music Box 
Theatre, Hollywood. 



TEAMS *»-»♦». I ANX OrHCR 
YEAR . . . they do THE BEST LIFTS 
of ANY DUO IN THE BUSINESS." 
—BOB FREDERICKS — OLYMPIA 
THEATRE, Miami. 

"There is solid BALLET TECH- 
NIQUE that gives POETRY to 
THEIR MOVEMENTS ... THE ACT 
IS TOPS in this FIELD."— R.C.H.. 
Times Star — BEVERLY HILLS 
COUNTRY CLUB. 



"OUT OF THE TOP DRAWER . . . 
YOU'LL AGREE THEY ARE 
AMONG THE BEST."— VAN. Cleve- 
land News— HOLLANDEN HOTEL. 

••'' 

CLOSING OCTOBER 3 
CAPITOL 

WASHINGTON, D. C. 
Thanks to Jesse Kayo am 
Kntcher 




Dinning Sisters 
Pile Up Record 

HrenliliiK record* in nothing 
ntnv for 'I In; Dinning Sisters, 
who did it itjruin on their en- 
KiiKf meol ut t'olleice Inn of llo- 
trl Nhi-rmnii. wnich terminated 
on September «, nfter 1» weeks. 
Opening on M«> It, for a four- 
week engagement, the sIiikIhk 
sisters mail* a piker of "The 
Man Who Came to Dinner" l» 
pulling extension nfter exten- 
sion with their voiillMnit. • 
willed hits won them million* 
of fulloner> on radio trnnscrliH 
lions and recordings. 
During their aim tlte.v were 
eo-Htnrred with .lloiin.v Horse), 
!,«» Itmwii. Vaughn Monroe. 
Charlie fsplr'nk. .lerr/ Wald 
and «leorite I'ltxtnn. . 

SHE I'AOK 31 



Wednesday, October 3, 1945 



59 




IVulurv llooiii. N. 1. 

(HOTEL COMMODORE) 

Vaughn, Monroe Oreh (17» with 
Jtlidc Real; ZigiiV Talent, Norton 
■ Stivers (4); no minimum, . cover $1 
uff/vidi!/*. $1-30 weekends. 

'■ it (list Wouldn't be normal if 
Vaughn Monroe didn't come around 
every fall to start the season in the 
Commodore hotel's. N. Y., Century 
lioom This year, however, he re* 
turns a greater asset to the inn, rid* 
W a comfortable crest created by 

• hi? (op-seltin.s! record, "There, I ye 
Said It Again." ' 

Layout of seven brass, five sax 
and four rhythm, is. in. good musical 
sli 'iie using a' solid danceable beat 
alul. a'.li.iKii. desSr.ee ^melody, which 
constitute good .enough", assets. ... ; r,ol 
aiiy inch. His -arrangements are on 
the groovy, side, designed to show off 
jnidividual talents in the outfit such 

■•(S .laivie Reed's warbling, Bobby 
Rickev's skin arias,, the nlacstro's 
bsiry and the energetic singing of the 

•Norton' Sisters, 

With a layout , such a.s the one he's 
now carrying, he amply. .fills the dais, 
erol'ptnfi of the all-blonde lemme 
troupe adding considerable pictorial 
charm to the stand . 

. Newfemme vocalist, .lame Keid. 
'■''impresses as' a pleasant looker .with 
an undistinguished style of. song 
projection. She'll probably work out 
with longer . association, with the 
bind. 

ZigEY Talent is still listed as a 
coiWedy '.vocalist, but. he wasn't heard 
opening night: J <?••>«?■ 

Lnlin «|.iJ»r.«H-, VM 

'" Chicago, Sept. 28. ■ 
Hniiy Ric)im«n. wit!' StA Frank- 
lin; -Radio Aces (3 ).. Ambftssadorettes 
(31 Don & Beokrly, Lee Amber, 
Luii n Quarter Lovelies <8», Buddy 
Shuie Oreh til); $3-$3.5Q liiiiiimMw; 



The Harry Riehman -sector of show 
is a lesson, in solid showmanship; the 
res; of it,, to put it mildly, is just 

SO-SO. . : ■•■•',%■'■■ .■■'. '■■■'• '["■ : ■•'.':■ 

Line, a stunning octet to look upon 
but . sadly lacking in vocal prowess, 
prance through a smartly dressed but 
much too fast verslon/of "Night and 
Dry" to open, and closes the show 
climacticaliy— right after Richman— 
with a trite gavotte delineating dance 
modes from the Castles to floy floy, 
They use gigolo dummies iris the lat- 
ter. Their midway eotitrib, however, 
is what's : really embarrassing: a 
"Ge sh win Cavalcade" in which lour 
of then; quaver numbers like "Man 
I Love," "Embraceable You," etc. 
Lee Amber, tall, goodlooking bari- 
tone, is submerged in the twirls and 
in the blares from the band during 
these production numbers, 

Ambassadbretles, in deuce spot, 
have a flasny tumbling act. but their 
gimmick of whizzing a long rope 
with rubber middle section back and 
forth flat with the floor while skip- 
ping it is difficult to see in this spot. 

Radio Aces do a carbon of the Ritz 
Bros, with "What the -Public Wants'", 
"Prayer Meet in'," "Everybody's in 
the Money Now," a vapid jibe at quiz 
-shows; ••gtit ui ' lsHir '" , 'IWI o ra , 'r' 

, t .tmm* m& aamwmxm 

routine. ;-, 

Don and Beverly turn in an in- 
consequential trio of ballroom twirls 
that only serves to point up the 
mediocrity of the whole layout sur- 
rounding Richman. Latter is worth 
the 4G-a-\\'eek bonifacc Ralph Berger 
is shelling out. It's a fairly stiff fig- 
ure, and the nut for other talent is 
down as a consequence, but the rest 
.-'■■' of it seems kind of unnecessary in 
view of the show the straw-hatted, 
c;;ne-totin' song-seller puts on. 

The Davis-Coots lyrics to "Latin 
Quarter Wanted Me." "Whatcha 
Gonna Do With All Your Money," 
etc., are solid, and Rich man puts a 
lot. of stuff into them. Also does 
'Born. and Bred on Broadway," cou- 
ple of srick parodies on "Whiftenpobf 
Song." "As Time Goes 'By*! and "Be* 
giiine"; "I Love a Parade," jazzed up 
w-tha victory parade by MacArthur, 
Eisenhower; Patton, King, etc:, down 
Michigan . . Avenue;. "Birth Of the 
Blues,;' and a bolto medley of "Ex- 
actly Like You," "Lucky Dav." 
.Walking My Baby Back Home'' and 
"Beat of. My Heart." .""■'■" .. 

Sid Franklin, his accompanist, and 
'.'. Buddy Shaw's band -IS. reed -3 hrassi 
« precision, back Riehman elegantly. 

.:-'.-', ;-'"•:■•>.;■,;'.■•':;.•,;' Mike. 



caliber. Line Of six lookers open 
and close the doings, and Ben Yost's 
Mimic Men; male singing foursome; 
serve to get things under way with 
Strong arrangements of "Okla- 
homa!" and college songs, plus comic 
radio impressions, all building to a 
solid interlude. 

Miss Bailey is Ultra-smooth with 
vocals of "Fifteen Years," "Tired," 
"St. Louis Woman" and "Whiskey . in 
the Well," the latter a showman I.Y 
audience ' participation bit worked 
skillfully to the hilt for maximum 
returns, ; ■--■'■ 

Rocco is a solid sender in the next- 
to-closi'ng slot with indigo piano stuff, 
resulting in. a vociferous show stop-, 
per. Had to give out with every- 
thing in his repertoire when caught, 
. Present bill is in for three weeks, 
with Zero Mostel slated lor a quick 
return alter a previous two-week 
stretch- only last month. Show 
and dance sessions' are ably handled, 
by Lenrty Hohbs and a solid combo 
Of three sax, two brass and two 
rhythm, and noodling in between is 
provided by Ricarclo and his rhumba 
foursome, -. - • Bhmu. 

Mnvfnir. Bihhioh 

' '"::■'■■;:■■ ■:;■'■■' Boston. Sept. 28. 
Harry Green Orch (81, Sophie 
Tucker. Jimmy Leeds, Betty Jane 
Smith, Line; $3 minimum. 



<ii«nii<>l«'«»r, Italia 

: Baltimore, Sept. 29. ;* 
Muiuic.e.Rocvo. Peart Bailey, Ben 
ro-'t's Mimic Men i A). June Taylor 
gn-'s ,16). Lenny. Hobbs Oreh a), 
"iCOT'do Rh«;mbo Drelt .4): no cover, 
• m.'iiiimtm, : ; ■ 

This ambitious nHery dperiilion is 
clicking win-, high-budget entertain- 
ment under the direction of Harry 
Miller.. Swank decor, expert han- 
«'nig of the tape on the front and 
general all-around know-how man- 

Week <;IH ' S payi " s °' r most ° l lne 

{ Current layout has a double sock 
l" ;Peai l Bailey and Maurice Rocco, 
°oth bell-ringers of show-stopping 



Headlining 'here at $3.5l.0-a-week 
salary, an . accepted invitation to 
speak at the Boston Book Fair and 
sell-out dinner tables every night, 
Sophie Tucker is doing very well by 
herself at the Mayfair. 

Time has not changed nor custom 
withered the marvelous trouper's 
"Honey Boy," "Some of These Days" 
arid "How You Gonna Keep 'Em 
Down on the Farm?", which have 
the same wow reaction as when 
Soph was here last three years ago, 
: Most of the while she's just plain 
rowdy arid "Tax on Love." which 
only La Tucker could put across on 
Boston censorship, goes over with a 
cosmic bang. So do "Three-A 
Poppa," and a song built round the 
spoken theme, "How Does the Old 
Bag Do It'.'" She still has the spirit 
of youth, and now and then carries 
out the promise of a hit song, "Red 
Hot Momma Is a Jitterbug Now." 
Boston obviously loves it. particu- 
larly the . old- girls and escorts who 
think they're just as frisky as ever, 
and who are encouraged by the 
warbler's exploitation of her own 
.years;'. " 

Just out of Army, Jimmy Leeds 
offers much patter, including some 
jokes which do not seem to hit the 
spot, turns to.yo-yo playing and ends 
ifp with harmonica solos. Very at-' 
tractive personality. Betty Jane 
Smith does some amazing whirligig 
tap dancing and the , Marlowe line 
girls are way above average in, 
.satirical dance routines. Skcets 
Light, pianist in third month, and 
Mary O'Connor, accordionist, per- 
form well m the lounge ' Dame. 

♦ ♦ 4 ♦♦+♦♦♦♦■♦-♦ e 

N. Y. Nitery Followups | 

""jimmy Sav«t'« quic'ir return to the 
Hotel Plaza's Persian Room. N. Y., 
after its summer facelift (and a nice 
job it is, too) indicates that the 
inimic has found himself for this 
class room which, at first, was some- 
what of ari acoustical handicap. Now 
he gets over oh his audible stuff- 
there never was any question about 
his pantbh-the'. added usage of a mike 
being the answer. He. runs the gamut 
from "Heart Sings," "Black Magic" 
to "Malidalay." 'Felice Me In" and 
"River Stay Away." Savo has ■ the 
same pixie personality quality of Joe 
E. Lewis and can do anything, such 
as that cigaret and drink-snagging 
business, and get away with it. This 
is interspersed with the hokum 
juggling, cute stories and. the like. 

Luis Gomez A; Beatrice : arc the 
tel'p team, aided by an. off-mike tenor 
who comes oil for the bends: Gomez 
has been around- for .some, time and 
is a seasoned' .balhooniologist.. - so 
he'll train his. hew partner in short 
order. Right now their lilts are a 
shade, too mechanical as they reel 
off ••Dancing in . Dark." "Tea tot 
Two." a hifty. pa.so doble, etc. She 
flashes an exceptionally eflective 
gown. Garwood Van is. again the 
chief band;' with Mark Monto's quar- 
tet dispensing : plenty , of: dansapatioii 
for the Latin and \\Mz sets. Two 
shows nightly. 9:30 and 12. 30. with 
$1.50 convert applying if you slay on 
for' the first show. ■ :\ Abel,; , 



Saranac Lake 

•' By Happy Benway 

Saranac, N Y., Oct. 2. 

Send birthday greetings to Bob 
Goldstein. Lillian Birsh arid Dbrothee 
Nolan at the Rogers. 

Rose and Nat Schulman. mother 
arid brother of Sainuel Schulman, 
Came in from Brooklyn for a bedside 
chat with, the lad and found him do- 
ing O.K. : -■//'■-: 

Carl Kern got his all-clear papers 
and left for home last week, 
Edward Slagus upped for meals, 
Dorothy Marten happy over sur- 
prise visit from her mother a::d sis- • 
ter. .:.■;.', ;:--;' r.'.:'' 'V- "-.-j 

, Milton Rosen, motored in from , the 
big town, to visit'' Alice Farley, who ■ 
is flashing o.k. reports. 

Kay Laus: has been appointed 
chairman of the Victory Bond sale 
at the Rogers. The past four .-drives 
were ; put over . the top by Margo 
Meredith, who. was recently dis- 
chia-ged- from the, Rogers with an all- 
clear O.K. •- .- 




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The Havana-Madrid. NY. has one 

of its lesser shows currently, headed 
by Diosa CosteUo, and the m. jor 
fault lies in the . routining. Miss t'os- 
tello is still tossing her (k-rrierc 
around plenty, interspersed with, her 
torrid Spanish, tutus, and getting 
over with- the customers in her mad 
mugging manner.. Jerry Lewis, do- 
ing his pantos to disk playbacks, also 
socks over. That Sinatra -item is 
really devastating though a little ten 
long. Chito Jzar, tenor, and the ball- 
room team of Carlos and Ghita liich 
polish and salesmanship; The Jut-. 
tor's .-Hints are' all pretty n.iich, in 
the same vein. K«'ni, 



AGVA-Mex. 

55t Cwntinded from page 57 j^j 

:m.ts--ion, Mex unions will not permit 
them to play. Gantmllas has urged. 
AG V A. to send rep . to Mexico City 
to. work -in. similar capacity there. 

Committee was formed after 
AGVA declared Mexico to be out 
of bounds lor members of the. 
American Guild, of Variety Artists, 
unless the spots they are to play are 
investigated and approved by AGVA 
representatives. This dictum was 
issued by Pat Geracci, Coast direc- 
tor- lor AGVA as a result of protests 
lodged With the U; S, Embassy in 
Mexico City by a troupe Of Ameri- 
can girls currently south of the 
border, Girls complained they were 
forced to work in a disreputable 
night club. Geracci wired Harry 
Rodgers, producer of the show: 

"Urgent that you immediately re- 
turn all AGVA members to States, 
as conditions and reputations of 
clubs that members have been asked 
to double are not in accordanqe with 
AGVA rules and regulations. Failure 
on your part to immediately adjust 
or to return members of AGVA to 
States •Will necessitate our filing 
charges against you as nger.i." 

American troupe, headed by- 
Thelma White, declared that they 
had been signed to appear at the 
Iris -theatre and a "first class night 
club," and that they discovered the 
nitery frequented by "B girls.'* In 
addition, they charged,- they .were 
coerced into joining unions they 
knew nothing about, under threat.- 
of reductions in pay, 

Geracci said he will have living 
conditions and salaries fully inves- 
tigated before any more AGVA 
troupes gross the Mexican border, 
with .minimum basic agreements 
signed and bonds posted before- de- 
parture from the, V. S. A. In addi- 
tion, Geracci asserted,: the cost of 
4oiniiva.^uiiofts,.. wfaBfrrteBflrc**'?... w ili- i 

ducefS-.M^iC there is . any more 
Latin-American touring. 



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N.Y.-Acts 



Con tinned f i«m page .1? 



Provincial cafes are paying plenty 
for acts and there's enough bookings 
to keep them busy all year. 

As a result, N. V. major houses 
have reached the point where most 
are constantly repeating acts. Some, 
like Gil Maison,. can almost be seen 
anytime in one of the theatres, here, 
U-Ie's currently, at the Strand) 
Others like the Wesson Bros, arid 
Three Swifts- quickly repeat from 
one house to the other. Bookers 
have .little choice jo the matter be- 
cause ot low-act suppljPfrom outside 
sout'ees. Wessons, for example, are, 
now at the Capitol. They played 
the opposition. Paramount only a few 
months, ago. After, the Cap, the 
Roxv wants them. . ' 

Sole Broadway outlet for new pet- 
formers currently .. is Loew s .State, 
which sometimes finds that the. ma- 
jority of its bills consist of new acts. 
. jV. Y. agents are doing a turn on 
.this - situation since current set-up 
dotsirt give ,;ilienj an opportunity 
to '.expand lists, but there's little they 
can do about it at the moment. They: 
say' that tht' situation, if prolonged, 
nffl dissipate \aude audiences and 
i-RKse salaries lor .standard, acts to 
impossible, heights. The theatrical 
field, iCs .claimed, .is. coa-ting along 
mi the ntomontum created by war- 
time prosper,ty. and big pix .When 
that's gone, the industry will have 
to suind on its own int rits. 

Unl»\s ^iifUcifnt inimber of new 
r.cts Is created -during these boom 
time, the ii.du>:try \,iH go -through 
hard days, when norm;, Icy resumes. 



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GAUDSMITH BROS. 
TIP, TAP and TOE 

CHICAGO THEATRE. CHICAGO 

WEEKS OCT. 5 and 12 

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Belly .lane Moore . 
!',e broil ,Sr. l'ani.f*>«ll 
Jim \Von»; Tr.,:ihe 
l.ou Martin 0r« 

Kelljt'a iStuelei 
Mat-**ta Ra'ye , : .' . 

Dotty IleM • 

Noma Mali Jia 
Betty Maxwell. , 
I'ete ■■ lirowii 

Im HartlHliiae 

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l.a l-ry Stewart 
K*»nny T.o* Itny 
Krni*j Stewart .Ore, 
I.H<ln Otmrler ".•' 
Belle BaK*;r 
I'at ll«ion*-y . 
Pick 11 ' i*. k ley 
N'oel Toy ; ■■'■. 
Mint l.'iiie 
lloo Sti**e 
SHielJt Bond 
H Wtlla 4 I'aye 
Marianne ' 
Wailfcpr Oirla 
Willi WalKll 

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Hope Kinemon 1 
Ullilly I'eiidli.lon ■ 
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Judith Allen 

Monte Carlo 

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Jean K Murray 
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Mervyn NeiKon' 
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Garland' -XVHwoii ; 

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Morales O'-c 
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llarlene /.ilo 
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Joe Itii^ardel Ore 
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60 



LEGITIMATE 



Wednesday, October' 3, 



1-915 



Plays Out of Town 



The ItiiggtMl Pnlli 

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Americans can see themselves. 

Play opens in an ante-room in the 
While House in the Spring ol 1945. 
shortly betore the posthumous award 
of the Congressional Medal of Honor 
to the widow Harriet Vinion (Martha 
Sleeper) of Morey Vinion (Tracy). 
Scene then flpshes back to June 21. 
1941. when Morey Vinion begins to 
feel the letters of editing a paper 
whose onliry is geared to. the adver- 
tisers' wishes. His lackadaisical okay 



I bor. Many of what were intended to 
be its most striking attractions, both 
musical and comic, fell as flat as a 
tortilla before a house too deadpan 
to make possible a smash hit any- 
where. 

Milton Berle's clowning, reaching 
ils apex during a seasick scene, in a 
Clipper plane and again in a narrow 
escape from a cannibal's pot. did its 
utmost to provide belly laughs and. 
at times though too infrequently 



to the printing of an editorial adyo- ! succeeded. Rose Marie has done bet 
filling helo to Russia, his lack of 
fvht iiv defending his action and his 
s"bs:-quent resignation to join the 
Navy me all geared to the generally 
indecisive attitude Sherwood be- 
lieves is shown by America. 

stroyer which. ijr-tiVG.rttiaU.v~ strnk-f -tw"' 
whileon a mercy missio'- uii'tl as the ■ hr " 
on'y survivor, is tossed t.,, on a jungle 
ot'tpesi on one of the smaller Philip- 
pine islands. Much against his will 
he ' is commis c ioncd a ' captain bv 
Colonel Rninsford (Robert Keith) 
arid gives his life while leading a 
task force of Filipino guerrillas. 

Despite the large number of scenes 
there is a minimum of delay, be 



ter in vaudeville and seemed to miss 
the same mike which would have 
made Berle happier. 

Music lacks inspiration, and only 
a f(»v of the songs have any chance 
of I* vering in the memory of those 
came. ...w.itn liiseb-hipes :aL,.$H.fil) 
head * alia '...who' ' endured some' 
borins^vBfev.yntil the grand finale. 

"Spring'' took pride in having a 
book, and what a book! It flew anarl 
like a 30-year-old flivver, which 
might not have mattered a great deal 
if the comic touch, the savor of the 
jungle and the gaiety of Rio had 
been retained. An ape and some 
man-eating plants, together with Ray 
costumes and some very good native 



tweeu them and each presents a dancing and choral work, did not go 
strikingly composed tableau. There far enough. 



Ss a George M. Cohan I wist to the 
final scene. Cohan used to wave the 
American flag; Sherwood gave it the 
spotlight in an effective curtain. 
■ : In full justice- to the author and 
to company of players and techni- 
cians, an unfortunate combination of 
a 32d row low seat, which made -it 



Story deals with Berle's working 
in the Explorers' Club trying to pay 
oil' debt of his adventurer father. 
Joseph Macaulay and Morton J. 
Stevens, shown in the prelude as ex- 
ploring youths, have persuaded the 
club to publish their memoirs as old 
moil and start them off in Hqlly 



aim" t impossible to see the stage, ( wood. But word comes that a white 



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an uninfovmative pantomime, .mat. . 
it imoos-ib'e to honestly' evalu.-te 

- the worth of the dialog and acting 
jr. fie first two scenes. Bv standin-'. 

i.at. the .r-?r ofi the theatre a little 
more w"s caufht! 

In line with the . general 'theme, it 
Starts off slowly and pick< up a little 
more snood. and- interest just before 
the intermission. It never real'y 
rolls into hi'.'h rear hut that, teb; re- 
flects the author's be'ieC in the Amer- 
ican's manner of thinking on a world 
plane..' -i, ■ 

Tracv is given admirable support 
throughout by an excellent cast. 
Each carries out his or her role 
beautifully end all are worthy of 
cemmendati-m. Captain Renin's di- 
rection retains all the hesitant nu- 
ances called for in Sherwood's script 
and Jo -Mi-lzittev's setting and light- 
ing are ri 'h and in th" mood. Va!- 
ent inas gowns are striking. Mn/o. 



fust. So clubmen. Berle and various 
girls all fly to Rio and turn up in 
the woods hunting the boy. 
Highlights of fun include Berle's 



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Sherwood again turns his undoubted 
talents to a .missionary theme, and 
though the effort is a laudable one. 
it's Spencer Tracy who will : draw 
them in. '"'.' ■ ' ■ - 

It was -lather a signal return to 
Providence for Tracy because the 
last time he was here, nearly 20 years 
ago. he was "fired" from a show. 
His return packed the 3,200-seat 
Metropolitan for two performances, 
and he justified the draw in a role 
which fits snugly his naturally reti- 
cent type ot acting. 

Built-arid scripted along the ^'There 
Shall Be No Night" theme. "The j 
Rugged Prth" is a denouncement of j 
the fatalistic attitude and an effort ! 
to awaken America to. an awareness j 
of assuming a greater share in the I 
leadership of the world. In it. Tracy 
symbolizes the average American, 
willing to .fight and die because he 
fee's it is expected of him. but shy 
about assuming a leading role. His 
natural restraint in interpreting the . 

role which pictures the normal diance. including plenty of standees. 
American's general indecisiveness is with neither the brightness nor au- 
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script of iii.s newest dramatic effort 
about on the five-yard line. To carry 
the«S|felogv a bit further, it is in the 
)ast**Tew' minutes- of playing time 
that he seems to be juggling the ball, 
and it is those last few minutes. that 
will probably determine the differ- 
ence between a score or a fumble. 
"The : Assassin" has the stuff for a 
splid spot, in the legit sun if proper 
perking of final stanza is achieved. 
It could make exciting film fare of 
the action-packed variety. 

Play has several interesting mag- 
nets to draw attention.- One is the 
fact that, although audience is fully 
aware of theme's historical back- 
ground, being the story of events 
immediately prior to and after the 
assassination of Admiral Darlan in 
late 1942. this foreknowledge of story 
does not detract from interest con- 
sistently maintained via the manner 
of unfolding details. Anotlier inter- 
estrcatcher is the matter of just how 
much of the script is fact and how 
much is the product of Shaw's imag- 
ination;. In aiiy case, whether it's au- 
thentic or not his Word picture of 
the intrigue, double-crossing, polit- 
ical conniving and treachery attend- 
ant upon the assassination is absorb- 
ing. 

Playwright has a large number of 
characters : so skillfully portrayed 
that even the bit players leave a 
definite impression. For his princi- 
pals, he has provided a variety of 
wordage that ranges from tender ro- 
mance to patriotic fervor. Numerous 
single phrases stand out in the dia- 
log, and a dissertation on the quality 
of men gets rapt attention. 

Martin Gabel has caught the spirit 
of this work faithfully and has done 
a good job in transposing his type- 
writer characters. His pacing is neat 
balancing ot rowdy action and pin- 
dropping silence in taut moments. 

Third section of the writingr.stag- 
ing-acling layout J*. well cared for 
by a first-rate cast. Making his 
American debut. Frank Sundsirom 
gives ample justification for his ace 
rating in his native Sweden. As Rob- 
ert de Manny, the young French 
Royalist who docs away with the ad- 
miral, he carries his leading role 
confidently. A certain boyish quality 
iiwiersonality is matched by mature 
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Yd fjtr'Jli 2oe . pa rl it tilarty-femms*: 
between the eyes. David O. Sebv- 
nick has a nice piece of screen prop- 
erly here. 

Important support is given by Har- 
ojd Hliber. very much at home as a 
colonial plainclothesman: Lesley 
Woods, attractive and efficient as 
Sundstiom's romantic visavis: Karl 
Maiden, giving a sincere reading of 
a French underground leader: Clay 
Clement, as the French general who 
engineers the assassination; Guy 
Sore!, a Communist battling against 
Germany. Also adding good per- 
formances are Roger De Koven. as 
the admiral: Richard Keith, a French 
general: Henry Sharp and Carmen 
Mathews. Jewish refugees. Numer- 
ous bits completing a large cast arc 
noteworthy. . * 

A two-section revolving stage aids 
necessary s'oeed in changes of the 
several settings: . which represent' 
dextrous designing, from both eye- 
appeal and technical angles. Bone. 



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The social injustices accorded the 
minority Negro liave occasionally 
been subject for Hie theatre, but 
seldom has there been a work to 
dovetail flieir solution with reality. 
"Deep Are the Roots." which made 
its Broadway debut last week al the 
Fulton theatre, is at least a partial 
exception. It is a! times too theatri- 
cal but it has a timeliness and sig- 
nificance in its social consciousness 
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No. 3 Turtle' for Hub 

A No. 3 "Voice of the Turtle" com- 
pany opciis in Boston Xmrs. Harvey 
Stephens and Louise Horton so fin- 
set. 

Tiiete are coni'ianics current on 
Broadway and Chi. 



| in if- the Job of navigator, and his im- 

■ personation of a medicine man to 
. save himself and others . from can- 
nibals' pot. As the white queen of 

| the savage tribe who. it turns out. 
'; has Berle's fali'ir preserved . in a 
i tihy casket. Christine Ayers is dec- 
i brative. A Latin carnival queen. ! 
! Bcrnice Parks, keeps her vivacity I 
: t hroughout, And. of course, the white I 
boy turns out to be Berle's brother. 
. played with some, excellent Tarzan 
dance, effects by Ray Long. 

.''Little 01' Boy." sung by Rose 
Marie, and her duel, with Long. "New : 
. Woi-MS, have a fhnnce. The tliomo- 1 
song. "Spring in Brazil," did not go ! 
[ over bi^!. having synthetic qual : ties. ; 
i Don Arres puis across something i 
| which seems really Brazilian. "Chi- i 
! R.i-Qtii-Chi." ' . 

There are a good many eorn\ 
jokes. One of the situations eagerly 
su',zed upon by a partly bored audi- 
ence "in the first act . had Berle puH- 

■ ing a hat-size tag out of Irs. too 

1 piece while drawing lots to see which . 
: explorer would lie away the Drif^r- j 
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plicated, shallow: Clifford Gol*mith 
conv-dy. .which even the expert 
George Abbott direction can't save 
Ironi falling apart .in the third act 
No I'atill of an excellent cast here 
The thing in its present sttige just 
won t hold togelher. - ' 

Opus, neatly set. deals with a nit- 
(Contrnued on page 62) 



nmancLJiiteresl. II deals with 
the Negro soldier returning from the 
wars. Controversial in ils miscegena- 
tion theme, most of it is well-written. 
There doubtlessly are maiiy raised 
eyebrows that such a play has been 
endowed with sufficient courage , to 
be . presented on Broadway. And 
coinage is the word. Bui there can 
be no denial of an author's right — 
even duty— to discuss such a prob- 
lem. ■ II exists, it's vital, it's real.- 
"Roots" should be a .tremendous box- 
office hit as a play though its theme 
negates it for pictures. '.. 

This is the story of a young Army 
lieutenant, a Negro. who's been mus- 
tered out and returns to thejiome 
of a southern senator where he has 
been reared and where his mother 
has long been a servant. He has 
been awarded the Congressional 
Medal of Honor. Highly principled 
and well-educated, in the Army he 
has been made to feel an equality 
between white and black. His atti- 
tude when he goes home is gov- 
erned by this thought and his desire 
not to return to the scheme of things 
as he knew them before he went into 
service. But he must stack up against 
the old senator with his deeply- 
rooted Negro prejudices. The sena- 
tor ignites the fuse of a witch-hunt 
in which the young Negro is framed 
in a watch theft and railroaded to 
jail. The statesman's two daughters 
are divided in their allegiance to the 
Negro, the older when she learns of 
the love for each other of the 
younger sister and the soldier. She 
ignores her earlier liberalism toward 
the latter and aids in the I'rameiip 
so as to get rid of the lieutenant and 
thus not disgrace the family,, At the 
end. when the senator is exposed, he 
vows to carry on the light for the 
"superior race." Meantime, in or- 
der to help salvage the Negro's faith, 
after he has vowed a hale for all 
white people following the framing, 
the younger daughter offers herself 
in marriage to him but. shaken and 
feeling that such a marriage could 
not succeed, he refuses. 

The authors have turned .out ex- 
cellently written first and second 
acts, but the play's weak spots are 
apparent in the third. There seems 
to be a too-wide diffusion between 
should, Jijt w ,„tii,e / ^a>';!tor's characlew.ation at the. 

pia.v 4. begi.nnin.g ...a.n(i. the., end. flf 
-.ieems to have some suggestion of 
humaneness al the start where none 
exists at the final curtain. It's out 
of sorts with the "great man" that 
the senator is supposed to have been. 
At. the end. when he storms out of 
his home to join his "allies" in the 
fight against the black race, he be- 
comes almost a caricature. And at 
the play's finale the authors seem 
to say that bigots such as the sena- 
tor will always continue to exist, 
which may be, but it tends to depre- 
cate an honest popular belief that 
there is a chance to build the faith 
oi the Negro or that of any minority. 
The playwrights' have given .some- 
hope for the achievement of that 
faith, but the solution is not so ef- 
fective as to relegate their more 
obvious suggestion— that the road 
can never be fully-traversed. 

Major factors in this plav's com- 
manding .interest are the superlative 
casting and direction. by Elia'Kazan 
And a new star has emerged in Bar- 
bara Bel Geddes. With only a couple 
ot Broadway roles to her credit prior 
to "Roots." she is now an assured 
actress with a native ability to read 
lines. Hers is. the finest performance 
ot the season to. date— and one that 
will be difficult to beat as the sea-' 
son gets into high. As the younger 
daughter of the senator, in love with 
the Negro.. she makes the part more 
believable than indicated by just the 
script. Gordon Heath is the colored 
soldier, giving in the beginning a 
,i quiet, restrained performance, and 
towards the close an incisive por- 
trait of vihdictiveness. Charles Wal- 
dron is the senator, and he alone of 
he cast suffers by the writing though 
he gives a generally commendable 
performance in the first two acts. 

Carol Goodner gives an expert 
characterization as the older sister 
Lloyd Cough, as an author who at- 
tempts to temper southern mvopia 
with a. native northern perspective 
is likewise efl'ecfive in the secondary 
romance, with Miss Goodner. Evelyn 
Ellis, as the boy's mother: Helen 
Martin, as the colored-maid tramp, 
and Harold Vermilyea also lend able 
support. 

Kazan lias paced the drama deftly 



though there is a distinct Uncertainty 
in the story's development in the 
third act— a fault of the direction as 
well as the .scripting— when the sen- 
ator, is revealed as the plot's per- 
petrator. A couple of other situa- 
tions could be less theatrical, notably 
the development of the then plot 

Howard' Bay has evolved what 'to 
the mind's eye would appear to be 
a southern mansion's living room. 

A coiiple. of seasons ago the au- 
thors had considerable to say— aiid 
they stated it well — in re-convertiug 
a Nazi youth in "Tomorrow the 
World." If they fail to achieve a 
solution as did their predecessor 
place Hie blame mainly on the fact 
thai the roots of Negro prejudice 
aire more deeply imbedded. ' 

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Tennessee Williams hasn't dupli- 
cated his "Glass Menagerie" success 
with the comedy. "You Touched Me!" 
which he and Donald Windham fash- 
ioned out of a'D. H. Lawrence short 
story of that name. The play is too 
lightweight for Broadway. Neither 
Williams' prominence nor Edmund 
Gwenn's acting ability is likely to 
keep it on long. 

There are some humorous mo- 
ments and tender scents, and occa- 
sional flashes of poetry and .social 
significance. But none of this is sus- 
tained in a tenuous play where com- 
edy isn't consistent, where plot is 
brief and action almost nil. and 
.where the poetic writing is generally 
confused. Speeches about a brave 
new world a-coming are frequently 
long and misplaced. The play is slow 
getting under way. actually not earn- 
ing to life until the end of the first 
scene, when Cweiin appears, and 
•thereafter never moves fast. 

The story is set in an English rural 
household- dominated by an acidu- 
lous spinster. Her retired sea-cap- 
tain brother is taking to drink: his 
timorous daughter becoming neurotic 
under the aunt's arbitrary sway. The 
captain's foster-son. a foundling, re- 
turns alter a five-year disappearance 
to an open-hearted welcome by the 
captain and more open hostility from 
the aunt. The aunt, however, is 
powerless to eject the lad. or prevent 
a love-alfair between girl and boy, 
which leads eventually to the eman- 
cipation of captain, daughter and 
foundling. 

The story at times has charm, as 
in one or two scenes between the 
young lovers, bill mainly in those 
moments when Gweuil holds the 
stage. His fat part is played to the 
hilt — and sometimes beyond it. The 
scene wherein Gwelin describes how 
a lady porpoise propositioned him 
pne-e when he was shipwrecked i* 
s:-perb fim... t|VbU in 'desiiPfOmjf If' 
fox s-itrtd on his henyard is'aTso.very 
good, though a little overdone. 
Gwenn's bibulous role can, however, 
become a little wearing at times, 
possibly because stage drunk scenes, 
as such, have lost their novelty. 

Catherine Willard apes the self- 
righteous spinster admirably, though 
bringing the role closely to farce. 
Montgomery Clift is good as the boy, 
while Marianne Stewart is a little 
stylized, especially in the early 
scenes, as the girl. Neil Fitzgerald 
makes a satisfactory rector. 

Guthrie McClintic who presents 
the play with Lee Shubert. has also 
staged it not too animatedly. Mot- 
ley's set of combination living room 
and captain's study is striking and 
one of the play's assets. ;Brd?i. 



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(Continued on page (52) 



Wednesday, Ocloiicr 3, 1945 



LEGITIMATE 



61 



'Pharmacy May Wind Up Supplying 
Dowfing-Singer With Just Aspirin 



By JACK PULASKI ♦.■ 

•SI. Lazar's Pharmacy," slated to 
bo produced by Eddie Dowling and 
Louis J. Singer, "starring Miriam 
Hopkins, is booked into the Stude- 
baker, Chicago, but after the con- 
tract was signed Singer demanded 
another spot, preferrably in the 
Loop, but no dice from the United 
Spotting Office. It is one of a num- 
ber of plays absorbed for the. time 
being by the D&S combo though 
Dowling, currently co-starring with 
Laurette Taylor in "The Glass Men- 
agerie" (Playhouse, N. Y.V, isn't 
anxious to expand his activities, say- 
ing that he isn't well enough. 

When asked why the duo bought 
up a (lock of scripts. Singer is quoted 
saying that the. plays have unusual 
possibilities, "so we wanted to. take 
thorn off the market." y- . 

•'Menagerie" is in book form, pub- 
lished by Random House, and oty the 
fly leaf there is a legend that the 
"first public performance was given 
at the PJayhouse, March 31, 1944." 
Aclually f the Tennessee Williams 
clicker debuted at the CivfE, Chi- 
cago, Dec. 2<i, 1944, and' scored in a 
fashion comparable to "No, No, Nan- 
ette" out there. 

When a showman who is ac- 
quainted with D&S visited Chicago 
last week Mayor Edward J. Kelly 
railed at the palpable slight to the 
midwestern metropolis, for he had 
urged civic support for "Menagerie" 
after it opened to $3,600 the first 
week, then built to around $18,000, 
capacity. Claudia Cassidy, Henry 
Murdock and Ashton Stevens led 
critical onslaught, indignant over the 
"slur" against their Windy City, 
where it's felt the Williams play 
would be running yet had it not 
been booked onto Broadway. 

Dowling was roundly panned and 
he penned alibis to Hie scribes to 
the effect that he didn't see the 
book's proof's, but insiders say he 
hasn't talked himself out of the jam. 
As for Singer, he says he doesn't 
know what all the shooting was 
uboiit. 



Keith, Miller Set Up 

Own Ticket Agency 

• Newest Broadway - area ticket 
brokerage is the Keith-Miller agency, 
duo having opened offices on west 
49th street opposite Madison Square 
Garden, Barry Keith recently with- 
drew from Bockhard's agency at 50th 
sheet and Broadway, while Johnnie 
Miller resigned • from Leblang's, 
whei-'e. he was a staffer for many 
years. . 

Keilh is the brother of the late 
Joey Keith, both nephews of the late 
Joe Leblang. 



ACTORS NIXING TOURS 
GET EQUITY BREAK 

When Equity's council recently 
ratified the revised basic agreement 
with the managers, it was revealed 
that a new regulation not heretofore 
mentioned, had been adopted, jt deal- 
ing with actors who do not care to 
tour. Managers must give ca.sts suf- 
ficient time to permit latter, giving 
adequate notice of leaving shows 
ebout to go to the road. That means 
that actors arc to be advised of 
Broadway closings j't, , least -.two- 
weeks 'in advance of such date. pl;i.y- 
..era -thereby. bcfciKX stiaittftU »)r,fa«nv 
In required notice to withdraw. 

If the manager does not give suf- 
ficient notice and the actor goes to 
the road but leaves the show as soon 
as his two weeks' notice expires, the 
manager must pay the player's return 
railroad fare. Heretofore, when an 
actor left a show on the road he paid 
his own transportation back, and in 
some instances the fare of his suc- 
cessor. \ ' 

There is also a change in the 
"change of cast" rule. When a re- 
placement is made, the manager is 
required to insert a slip, in the pro- 
gram or make an announcement 
from the .stage. 



Oh, the Pain of It! 
A Play Died, 
A Critic, Too 

John Chapman, critic of the Daily 
News, N. Y., committed himself in 
blank verse upon covering "Live 
Life Again," which opened Saturday 
129) at the Belasco, N. Y. The no- 
tice appeared in Monday's (1) edi- 
tion. Show closed that evening. The 
drama is written in blank verse. 

Here's the review: 
. By JOHN CHAPMAN \ 

Oh, the pain of it! 

His mammy died 

'And they buried her in a set- 
ting 

Constructed by the Studio 

Alliance' 
And designed by Albeit 

Johnson. 

Oh. the pain of it! 

But it was all very natural 

Because the whole bloody 

play took place : - \. 
Soon after -the Turn of - the 

Century 
At Bison Run, Nebraska. 

All, the beauty of it! 

A wan said, "i got to kill a 
hog afore it's dark." 

A girl said, "My love is all 1 
have to give — a thing 
quite poor." 

The boy said. "My niammy 
done tole me." 

But the boy was a big cry- 
baby and no 'bo d y 
should have loved him. 

I didn't love him. . 

His pappy was a nice 'man 
ivith a nice -voice 

And he loved a Swede girl 
who could cook but 
was awful dumb. 

The boy didn't like this and I 
. : -didiyt -eah&r. 

...Oh. >4k**m ariafW " 

There was Paw and the new 

Maw 
Together. 

In came son and gun. 
Paw grabbed son and gun. 
Boom! 
Exit Paw. 

When I left the Belasco 
It looked as though 
Dan Totheroh 
Had laid an egg. 

Plays in blank verse 
Make me curse. 



LAGUARDIA HONORS 
TIX DONOR SHOWMEN 

Last Thursday (27) in Mayor La 
Girardia's office at City Hall, N. Y., 
representatives of Broadway legit 
and picture houses, plus sports man- 
agers, were honored for their "gen- 
erosity and cheerful contributions" 
in giving free tickets to men in the 
services. The mayor individually 
complimented all showmen present, 
each getting an embossed card to fit 
a bill fold plus a lapel 'button with 
•Hie- colors of the City of New York. 
Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt was present 
and : gave tree tickets to four vet- 
erans. There have been more than 
10.000,000 cuft'o tickets distributed so 
far. . 

John Golden headed the legit man- 
agers delegation, only a few being' 
present. When Brock Pemberton 
was asked to the mayor's table, La- 
Guardla said: "Here's the producer 
who. censures me." That crack was 
in reference to the huddle at City 
Hall last season over the censoring of 
"Trio." At that time Pemberton 
.-poke his mind about closing shows 
without due process of law. Max 
Gordon was also on hand. 



Equity Faces Internal Snarls Of 
Race-Animosity, Red Charges 



CoJ. W. P. Munsell Out, 
Eric Clarke Succeeds j 

Eric Clarke, secretary of the N V 1 
Metropolitan Opera Co., now u:* : 
leave to the Army in civilian capa- 
city, lias succeeded Lt. Col. Warren 
P. Munsell, Sr., as chief of Theatre 
and Music Control in U. S. European- 
occupied zones.- , ": 

Latter, former business manager 
of the Theatre Guild, has served in I 
Army in both World Wars I and II. I 



The Lunts Don't Have 
Muck Time for Love 
Or Idleness on Farm 

Chicago, Oct. 2. 

Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontannc 
are due to start casting their Lon- 
don success, 'Love in Idleness," 
which may be retitlcd "Oh, Mistress 
Mine" for Broadway. 

Couple are sporting calloused 
mitts following a six-week cleanup 
on their Genesee Depot, Wise., farm. 
It was supposed to have been a rest 
after their strenuous overseas stint, 
Lunt said, but because of their in- 
ability to get help they spent it 
farming. After casting the show, 
they'll ko back to the farm to finish 
up. and then return to N. Y. for re- 
hearsals. 



Romney Brent Steps In 
As 'Winter's Tale' Guide 

Pittsburgh, Oct. 2. 

Romney Brent, who also acts the 
role of the. rogue, •Aulolycus; has 
taken over the direction of Theatre 
Guild's touring "Winter's Tale" with 
withdrawal of B. Id.cn Payne to ful- 
fill a previous contract to join Car- 
negie Tech drama school faculty 
for fust semester. Payne loft show 
following final performances here 
Saturday night 1 2»> at Nixon and 
Brent's appointment was announced 
by Lawrence Languor, of Guild, who 
came- oii from New York for couple 
°f days to have a look at "Tale." 

Couple of cast replacements have 
a, so been made. Colin. Keith-John- 
son came on for part of Camillo. 
with Edwin Cushmnn, who played 
« originally, stepping down Into a 
lesser assignment, and Philip Huston 
la likewise entering the company 
some time this week. Other changes', 
some of them major ones, ate sched- 
uled for later in the tour. 



5 Brit. Plays for Germany 
In Re-Education Drive 

London, Oct. 2. 

Ashley Dtrkes; director of cultural 
entertainment in British zone in 
Germany, has lined up five shows 
for presentation there as part of the 
general reeducation program. 

Plays are Noel' Coward's "Blithe 
Spirit." Terence Rattigaii's "Love In 
Idleness,". J. B. Priestley's "They 
Came to a City." Daphne du Mann- 
er's "The Year Between" and James 
Bridie's "It Depends on What You 
Mean/' -.'■''■' 



ACME AGCY. GETS STAY 
ON NX LICENSE NIXING 

The Acme ticket agency's show- 
case order which prevented the re- 
voking of its license ordered by 
N. Y. License Commissioner Paul 
Moss from becoming effective, was 
due to be disposed of last week but 
an additional stay was granted. De- 
cision will come from Justice Edwin 
Colin of the- Appellate Division, 
N. Y. supreme court, who originally 
granted the slay. Revocation was 
ordered on the grounds ot over- 
charging, which was .sustained in the 
Jowef court but in making the ap- 
| r ... - -fti.-.w n ggj^gfr jC- , jt had 

j been- -in Impiety for many^ 

should be given another chance. 

Moss said that the new appeal 
move's purpose was evident, idea 
being to stall the issue until the first 
of the year, when he leaves office 
"with Mayor LaGuardia's administra- 
tion.. Commissioner, however, indi- 
cated he may place his evidence be- 
fore his successor. 

There was some delay, by a num- 
ber of brokers in signing the legit 
ticket code but those who wanted 
concessions gave in and all accred- 
ited agencies are patted for the new 
season. Brokers wanted the right 
j to charge 75c premium for choice 
i balcony tickets, same as for . the 
' lower floor. Code people firmly said 
no dice. •■ 



Pemberton-Todd 
Trial On Today 

Case of Brpck Pemberton vs. 
Mike Todd, in which the former 
questions the diversion of funds ac- 
cumulated by' the advance sale of 
tickets for "Harvey," 48th Street, 
N. Y.. under lease to Todd, was due 
for trial today (3), before Justice | 
Julius Miller in Supreme Court, 
N. Y. Broadway is particularly in- 
terested in Todd's counterclaim that 
he should have a continuing 
interest in "Harvey." after his lease 
on the theatre expires Nov. 30, on 
the grounds that it is a co-venture. 

Arthur F. Driscoll, counsel for 
Todd, based his novel co-venture 
contention on the fact that in the 
original contract between Pemberton 
and Todd there is no mention of 
landlord and tenant. He argues that 
a point at law is in question and 
cited a precedent. Franklin Wald- 
heim, attorney for Pembertoil, also 
cites a precedent to refute Driseoll's 
theory. There has been no similar 
situation wherein a lessee lost pos- 
session of a theatre during the run 
of a hit such, as "Harvey." 

It was known in advance that 
Driscoll would not dispute the fact 
that Todd did make withdrawals of 
advance ticket money, and it was 
up to the court to decide the status 
oiC such funds. That, too, is a point 
never before questioned in show 
business for it lias been the practice 
of house owners to make withdraw- 
als when the .sum reaches important 
figures. If it is ruled that advance 
money comprises trust funds, the 
court may suggest how it should be 
handled. If not. such coin would be 
in the nature of dual temporary 
ownership, to be divided weekly ac- 
cording, to- the sharing terms set 
forth in the booking contract. 
^^When the controversy first arose 
n'ciC was a. .balUe ■ •■ ••"ffsT'liut as 
the case heai<e^v^Msjh-.»»..was. clear 
that any acrimony which may have 
existed between Pemberton and 
Todd was dissipated. 

Situation arose during the sum- 
mer, when Todd was out of town. 
There was a 'verbal understanding 
between the duo that if another 
theatre was secured "Harvey" would 
be moved. After a five-week in- 
terval Todd had not obtained an- 
other house, so Pemberton entered 
into a contract for the 48th Street, 
assuring the continuance of "Har- 
vey's" run in that theatre. Involved 
in that transaction is Morton Samil- 
son, husband of Etta Leblang, the 
property being supposedly owned by 
the Leblang estate. '■■■' 



Just when it looked like Equity- 
would have a tranquil season after 
signing a two-year pact with th« 
managers, a double package of 
travail— alleged racial animosity and 
Communism — was dumped into the 
laps of the council. Controversy 
started last Friday (28) during the 
season's first quarterly meeting at 
the Hotel Astor, N.Y., when Frank 
Fay, starring in "Harvey" (48th 
Street), demanded an inquiry into 
the conduct of five members charged 
with participating in a Red-backed 
rally at which claimed attacks 
against the Catholic church were 
applauded. . 

Charges may not be filed at a gen- 
eral meeting but it is understood 
that a written complaint was made 
with Equity. . The controversy was 
submitted to. the council yesterday 
• Tuesday), a date to be set for the 
hearing. Fay said at the meeting 
that "Equity always has stood for 
equality regardless of race, creed or 
color and never condoned its mem- 
bers attacking the faith of others." 
He' demanded that if the five mem- 
bers were found to have aided- in 
defaming the Catholic church, they 
should be "publicly reprimanded." 

Those named by Fay were David 
Brooks of "Bloomer Girl" tShu- 
bert), Margo of 'A Bell for Adano" 
iCort). Luba Malina of "Marinka" 
(.Barry more), Sono Osato of "On 



Equity to Try Fay 

Equity after meeting of its 
council yesterday (2) issued » 
statement declaring that it tax 
accepted charges against Frank 
Fay and will try him Oct. 16» 

It simultaneously rejected 
Fay's demand for an investiga- 
tion into the conduct •( Ave 
members on the (round that the 
union cannot concern itself with 
the non-professional conduct of 
its members. 



Shubert Batik for 46th St. Theatre 
Getting Hotter; New Legal Aspects 



the Town" (Be,ck) and Jean Darling 
of "Carousel" (Majestic). Jose 
Ferrer, who is staging "Strange 
Fruit," Was m.c. of the entertain- 
ment at the rally, a Spanish Repub- 
lican affair. 

During the Equity meeting Fay 
was heckled until the names of the 
quintet were revealed. There was 
intense excitement for a time but 
the session was pacified by Bert 
Lytell, Equity's president, and Paul 
Dullzell, its executive secretary- 
treasurer. Contending that every 
actor is entitled to an even break, 
regardless of his religion, Fay re- 
vealed: '-...-'. 

"Recently I went on for Joe E. 
Lewis at the Copaeabana on Yom 
Ki ppur ~*9H«m, ' Euy''6r»^nbm*tW«;« 
-\sitms&'^^kJ "Was a.bscnt w j.t,Jj{;- 
ing his inviolate rule not to publicly 
appear on that holy day. I admire 
him for that and also liked the idea 
of contributing what I received 
for the appearance to a midtown 
rabbi, who accepted only half and 
.suggested I contribute the other 
share to a Catholic charity. That is 
the respect we of the theatre, who 
are steeped in its traditions of equal 
•justice for all, think of each other's 
faiths."' . 

Counter-charges were filed with 
Equity against Fay, charging that 
his conduct was prejudicial to the 
association. Charges that Equity's 
council was dominated by Com- 
munists were filed on the Congres- 
sional Record a couple of years ago 
by former Congressman William P. 
Lambertson of Kansas, since de- 
feated for re-election. Such charges 
were never substantiated, but the 
matter caused ructions in Equity for 
many months: 



Pasadena Opens Fall Sked 

Pasadena. Oct. 2. 
• Pasadena Community Playhouse 
opened its autumn season yesterday 
rMonTi with "Kiss and Tell," which 
.runs for two weeks. 

Other plays on the fall schedule 
arc "Men Coming Home," Oct. 17-28; 
'.'Snafu." Oct, 31-Nov. 11, and "Blithe 
Spirit," Nov. 14-25. 



The battle for the 46th. Street 

theatre, N. Y. caused by Shubert In* 

■ *> . * 

sIstjcHce in keeping "Dark of the 
Moon" playing there thereby pre- 
venting City Investing Co. from get- 
ting possession of the propehy which 
it. bought last .spring, is getting hotter 
than ever. : / '..' 

For several months ''Dark" prom- 
pt recY paid off cost of 'production 
and piled up profits amounting to 
StiXOOO. During summer attendance 
Mumped-' and average operating loss 
is staled to have been around $1,- 
000 weekly, not counting the house 
red, '.. ' 

John Huntington, of Cambridge. 
Mass.. where "Dark." tried out last 
year, heads the minority stockhold- 
ers but can't do anything about the 



situation and admits his coterie will 
have to take it on the chin as long 
as . the play remains at. the 46th 
Street. Lee Shubert was quoted say- 
ing 'he'd keep the show going 
through the new season regardless of 
business that's allegedly to spite 
City Investing, which he regards as 
opposition to the Shubert "empire." 
City is a downtown realty group 
headed by Robert E. Dowling and 
owns half a dozen Broadway thea- 
tres, legiters in the group being han- 
dled by Louis Lotito. 

Early in the summer Shubert won 
ouster, proceedings because of a 
quirk in: the contract but Socolow & 
Pepper, attorneys for City, are 
rcat'ying new legal procceoings that 
may clip the slay of "Dark" shorter 
than' its owners currently anticipate. 



Plays in Rehearsal 

"Next Half Hour" — Max Gordon. 
"Are Yon With It?" ("Right Thi« 
Way").— Richard Kollmar-James M. 

Gardiner. ■ "; ','■'■■' 

"The l)ay Before Spring"— John C. 

Wilson. ' • . - - .;;.' - -;- '- -. . .-•".' -. 

"Dunnigan's Daughter'! — Theatre 
Guild. '..v.:' 

'•Beggars Are Coming To Town" 
— Oscar Serlin. - ,.. ' , 

"Caviar To The General" — Theron 
Bamberger. 

"The Secret Room"— Joseph Hy- 
man-Bernard Hart-Haila Stoddard. 

"Strange Fruit"— Jose Ferrer. 

"Slate of the Union"— Leland Hay- 
ward. 

"Seven Mirrors" — Blackfriars 

Guild. ■ ' ■ 



62 



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Wednesday, October 3. 1945 



B'way finally Has 3 Newcomers 
Doing Biz, 2 After NG Reviews 

• T..-.1 W cck of September didn't and "The Girl From NantucUct," for 



prove a dud on Broadway after all. 
as far as new shows were concerned. 
No new entrant has gotten 100% fa- 
vorable notices as yet, but despite 
critical differences of opinion, three 
out of last week's crop of premieres, 
scored lively boxoffice figures, so it 
is indicated that theatregoers are not 
paying too much attention to what 
the reviewers say about the plays. 

With the metropolis thronged and 
hotels packing 'em in, most of the 
shows are doing the same thing, es- 
pecially the final three days ot the 
week. In was figured that after V-J 
Day there would be an attendance 
drop, but it hasn't materialized as 
yet. Also felt that ticket scales would 
be paired down, but there's no indi- 
cation of that either. 

Some of the new straight plays are 
using a $4.20 top, while others are 
priced at $3.60, but go to the higher 
rate Friday and Saturday. Some mu- 
sicals are scaling the boxoffice sim- 
ilar}', as for instance, "Polonaise," 
which opens this Saturdax at the 
Alvin. It will be $4.80 from Monday 
to Thursday, top then going to $6 for 
the last two days of the week. 

Last week's three arrivals to regis- 
ter goodly grosses are "The Ryan 
Girl" (Plymouth), "Deep Are the 
Roots" (Fulton) and "You Touched 
Me" (Booth). "Girl" did especially 
weU with a count of $17,000, despite 
the unfavorable press. "Roots" came 
up with the best notices, winning 
the nod from most of the critics 

New York^s elevator strike, wliich 
lasted all of last week, proved a 
break rather than a hazard for 
Broadway because thousands of of- 
fices were closed in many buildings. 
Many went to the track, others go- 
ing to legit and picture theatres. 
Hotels and apartment houses were 
not affected by the strike. 

Some attractions are gradually 
switching to . Sunday performances. 
During the summer only "Hals Off 
to Ice" (Center) played on that day. 
It's figured that with the town 
jammed with visitors Sundays should 
again be quite profitable. 

October openings are not numer- 
ous, first being "Polonaise," Alvin, 
Sat. (6), with two other musicals 
carded: "The Red Mill," Ziegfeld. 



which there is no announced house. 
Straight plays due in are "Therese," 
Biltmore; "Beggars Are Coming To 
Town," Coronet( formerly Forrest): 
The Assassin," and "The Next Half 
Hour," latter duo without definite 
berths. "Mr. Cooper's Left Hand" 
was to have opened at the Empire 
next week but will be withdrawn in 
Boston at the end of the week. 



Mgrs. Huddle On 
Song Royalty Cut 

Broadway managers held a special 
huddle to consider alleged "abuses" 
by music publishers. Stated that the 
latter have decided to clip tile roy- 
alty on sheet music, and Lee Slutbert 
is especially ; steamed up about it. 
Up to now producers of musicals 
have been paid 2c per copy. ; 

Another squawk against publishers 
is based on the sale to Hollywood of 
songs of musicals that are not bought 
by picture people. Claimed that a 
year or more after such attractions 
close the publishers make deals for 
individual numbers, without consult- 
ing the producers, who ostensibly 
don't get any of the proceeds, 
although the composers participate. 
It appears that the numbers arc dis- 
posed of in package deals, not dis- 
similar to practices by certain man- 
agers that resulted in the Dramatists 
Guild basic minimum agreement. 

Brock Pemberton, who is a 
straight-play producer, was present 
at the- aforementioned meeting but 
cracked that he's interested in the 
situation, by indirection. Maybe it's 
because it's possible the courts may 
rule he should have a piece of Mike 
Todd's "Up in Central Park" (Broad- 
way); He indicated he might make 
such a- claim based on the alleged 
Todd use of advance ticket money 
for "Harvey" (48th Street). Todd, 
who also attended the meeting, oper- 
ates that house but his lease expires 
Nov. 30, which created a "situation." 



Dunham dancers spread themselves 
in a fascinating weird display of 
color and dance orgy. William 
Franklitrs fine baritone is used to 
excellent effect in a couple of tunes, 
These moments are spotty and 
hardly consistent. West Indies Negro 
speech has flavor, and Motley's cos- 
tumes also have appeal. So have Jo 
Mielziner's sets. There are some 
good, though fugitive choral bits, and 
sonic good dance numbers. But even 
these are fragmentary for the most 
part. There isn't enough dancing for 
the highly touted dance troupe. 
Baldwin Bergerson's music has ap- 
peal and is gorgeously orchestrated, 
but too often it is of. one mood or 
strain. 

'Miss Dunham, in the lead role, con- 
tributes little as actress or duheer, 
contenting herself with repetitious 
posturing. Long, as her lover, lias 
little to do other than his "Rascal 
number. Franklin contributes a mov- 
ing portrait as the injured husband, 
as well as holding up the vocal end. 
Subordinate and ensemble 'figures 
lend the show much of its flavor, but 
the overall effect is a disamioint- 
mcnt. . Broil. 

Live Life Again 

K S. Krollbers production of drama by 
)>an Totheroh in throe acta (8 xijeiies*. l>f- 
rected by Sawyer Falk; RettlnRH, Albert 
.MiiiM.n; costumes, Grace HolistQU. Ojielietl 
at Beta sco. N. Y.. Sept. St>. ,'45-i $S.«0-to]i 
($« openlhff night). 



Vrcacl^r Hill... 

Mtr, Jonew , 

Mrs. Smith 

Mrs. Brown,;. . . . 

Mrs. White 

AXi:s, Black 

iV1>K, Green..... 
Mr. Smith... 

Mr. Jonec. 

Mr. Hrow n 

Mr. White 

Mr. Black ... 

Mr. Oreeit 

Sl>iers i 

Xulliali Spiers 

.ludltii Spiers.*' 

Ureei;, tbe Graveditrser 

Mm!; Orme 

Paul Orme 

Hilda Paulsen ItCiUricc d«* Kecttfafttti 

Doner Bush:.,-........: Harold. A1e<>T 

nope. v. Mary Boylati 

Mrs. Hansen Grace: Mills 



I'M ward Ruihman 

.....Kay Mai-Honuhl 

.".;. "». ,'luabol Blshon 
......... Bulb Savillw 

. , . . . .ViioQbe Miu*l;ay 

•-. Muthllde. Karitifr 

. . .Florence Beresford 
.Lester IjtineiT.an Jr. 
. . .Bruce Ilalsey 
.......... ."Tat Smith 

....... Bobort Gardol 

. . . . .Kenneth Bowie* 

. James Oyle 

Tarter Fennelly 

..Xachary A. Charles 

Mary Holfo 

. . .John O. Hewitt 
. . . . lionald Bul»a ; 
.Thomas Clialmcrs 



OBITUARIES 



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THOMAS J. COLTON 

Thomas J. Colton, 72, former 
vaude performer, who since retire- 
ment from show biz had operated a 
restaurant in Boston, died in that 
city, Sept. 29. 

Born in Boston, Colton got his 
start in that city as a singing waiter. 
He later married Margaret Miles, 
who had -been doing a -singing act in 
vaude, and later appeared with her 
ih vaude team of Colton and Miles. 
They also were in several N. Y. Hip- 
podrome shows for; several seasons 
when under direction of R. H. Burn- 
side. 

Upon retirement in 1929, the 
couple opened a restaurant in Bps- 
ton, largely patronized by theatrical 
folk and friends of their show biz 
days. They had celebrated their 
golden wedding anni this year. 
Widow survives. 



JOHN G. BERTIX 

John G. Bertin, 61, veteran stock 
and legit actor, died in New York 
on Sept. 27. He had retired from the 
stage 10 years ago. 

Born in New Orleans, he began his 
stage career in dramatic stock in 
that city and several "years later had 
appeared in productions of David 
Belesco. He later operated stock 
companies in Altoona, Pa., and New 
Brunswick, N. J. His last Broadway 
appearance was in the role of rabbi 
in "Abie's Irish Rose," wliich he 
played for 2,000 performances. 

Surviving arc his widow and a sis>- 
ter, known professionally as Naomi 
Ray. 



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For his initial solo production on 
Broadway, S. S. Krellbera has made 
an unwise choice in "Live Life 
Again." a drama in blank verse by 
Dan Totheroh. It hasn't a chance 
for either Broadway or pictures. 

"Life" deals with the unliappiness 
a boy brings upon himself and those 
close to him when he feels that the 
death of his mother was no accident 
—he thinks that his father did away 
with her so he could marry a do- 
mestic. It winds up when he shoots 
his father to death on the night the 
latter weds the maid, only then be- 
ing made to realize that his suspi- 
cions were unfounded. 

Donald Buka plays the boy with 
feeling, and Thomas Chalmers is the 
father. Mary "Rolfe plays the boy's 
sweetheart. 

' It's a play that may find some in- 
• - est in the reading, but as a play 
' ' -=t like- the verse. Blani- i«-tha 
word. Kalii). 

., osed Monday after ' two per- 
formances.) 



ROBERT X. BELLAIRE 

Robert T. Bellaire, Far East cor- 
respondent for Collier's and former 
ABC (Blue) correspondent who was 
to continue his commentaries for 
ABC in Japan, died in Tokyo on 
Sept. 30 as a result of a jeep acci- 
dent. , 

At the outbreak of the war. Bell- 
aire was manager of the Tokyo 
Bureau of the United Press. Interned 
by the Japanese, he was repatriated 
on the Gripsholm. He frequently 
was heard over ABC during the 
feverish days preceding the Jap 
surrender. 



operated a theatrical booking agency 
with his son, William H. Cooke, in 
Lancaster, Pa., died in that city' on 
Sept. 25. 

He had been with circuses for 
more than half a century, having 
started with Barnum . & Bailey in 
1884 and continuing his clownantics 
with circuses and fairs until 1942. 



TED LEAHY 

Ted Leary, 43, vaude and nitery 
comedian, died in Miami, Sept. 27. 
He recently returned from an over- 
seas tour with a USO-Camp Shows 
unit and had been hospitalized for 
several weeks before his death. 

Lery got his early stage training 
in dramatic stock companies and 
later diverted to vaude. He had also 
done some radio work. 



JEREMIAH DE ROSA 

Jeremiah Do Rosa, 52, manager of 
Loew's Paradise theatre, Bronx, - 
N. Y„ dropped dead in his office at 
the theatre Oct. 1. He had managed 
the theatre from the day it opened, 
Sept. 27, 1928. ' 

Survived by a sister and four 
b-others. 



Dr. Julius KoriiKold, 8G, music 
critic and father of Erich Wolfgang 
Korngold, composer, died at the 
home of his son in Hollywood, on 
Sept. 26. Widow and another son, 
John, an orchestra conductor, also 
survive him. 



Mrs. Jennie- Lawrence, mother of 
Laudy Lawrence, formerly Metro 
manager in Europe and now with 
Alexander Korda, died in Los An- 
geles last week. Body was brought 
to N. Y.' for burial. ' * 



PLAYER «d LEE 

Scripts - Music • Lyrics 
Specialty Material 

OIK. 3 Mil St.— LK. S-060S 
New York 10. N. 



4 a rih Song 

sonic good music and dancing. Bui 
the show as a whole is spotty, thin 
and somewhat tedious. It doesn't 
"have enough substance for-a Broad - 
, day musical, nor the draw for a run. 
Katherine-Dunhanr/s da>M*-*»*i%»-»^Si:,>'' ■ " 

*> f icty to crowd ite bwxviffK.t~ -bin • 1^--— continued trom-rau*'^ ss^ 
~h'cy. too. are"ItRl?Jy*W tJ?tri3JiiTi>oiiit--- L — 
cd. especially in the star. . 

The book is very lean, with the 
action dragging slowly. There is lit- 
tle humor, its absence patently stick- 
ing out. The story threading its pain- 
ful way through the opus is a con- 
ventional one about a farmer's wile 
being unfaithful and paying the pen- 
alty. It never excites. What arc 
exciting are such moments as 
Avon Long doing a show -stopping 
dauce-and-patter number, "Woman 
Is a Rascal"; Harriet Jackson singing 
another show-stopping tune. "Sleep. 
Baby. Don't Cry"; and the first -act 
finale, a dance ritual in which the 



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Anton . (Tony) Mosei- . 45. dance 
band maestro in the St. Louis area, 
last week at his home in East St. ' 
Louis. His widow and several 
brothers and sisters survive. 



Harry Underwood, 40. brother of 
Cecil Underwood, producer of Fitch 
Bandwagon, killed Sept. 28 in auto- 
mobile accident in Oakland. 



Mother. 8", of Lawrence Lehman, 
manager of the Orpficum theatre, 
Kansas City, Mo., died Sept. 25, in 
that city. 



Mrs. Ann Elliott. 57, 

Jack Elliott, songwriter, 
27 in Hollywood-, 



mother of 
died Sept. 



I 1 Plays Out of Town! 

jji^s; 'Continued from ■ p» »y - Wi ^jl 

wit father and a neurotic mother 
whose 17-year-old daughter doesn't 
like a new dress. This theme would 
not be world-shaking in hands less 
than Ibsan but could be funny il the 
playwright's intentions were not so 
serious. 

Parents, played with all possible 
sublety and vim by Stuart Erwin and 
Katherine Alexander, go through the 
usual pleas with daughter, Mai'joric 
Cooper. Then father hits upon the 
preposterous device of hiring a serv- 
ice man, Sgt. Birch, to say he likes 
the garment. A whole squad of Sgt. 
Birches appear, each competing for 
the honor of paying compliments to 
daughter. There's a good bit of fool- 
ish biz. not too amusing, concerning! 
keeping each sergeant out of sight 
of the other. Oh, yes. a sailor and 
a corporal are thrown in for good 
measure. Until the total stooge list 
is six. . . 

, A duo of moppets, Carol Petersen 
and, superlatively, Lorna Lynn, 
complicate matters by meddling in 
the affairs of their elders. Almost 
every artificial means of getting odd 
characters, even to having the ma- 
jority of the armed forces go upstairs 
to play poker with Ellen (Lorna 
Lynn), aged 13. is employed. Finally 
the whole dilemma is solved in be- 
half of the military by giving them a 
chicken dinner while the daughter 
falls in love, supposedly, and forgets 
her garb. 

Abbott will have a job patching 
this one up for Broadway. Fault is 
not that of the uniformed characters, 
including Cy Howard. Richard San- 
ford, Wilfred Stratton, Douglas 
Jones, Roger Quintan and Kenneth 
Tobey. Frieda Eldman. as an aunt, 
and Edmonia Nolley. as the maid, do 
their best, which, in view of circum- 
stances, is very good. Dame. 

(Closing Saturday (6i for .re- 
visions?- -Broadivay 'booking c«n- 
ceUed.) 



HARRISON GREENE 

Harrison Greene, 61, legit, vaude 
and screen actor, died Sept. 28 in 
Hollywood after lingering illness. 
He had toured vaude circuits with 
his wife in act known, as Greene 
and Parker. Also appeared witli 

Weber and Fields and Kolb and Wife. 71, of Charles K. French, 
Dill in musical shows. , .. I pioneer film director and actor, died 

After moving to Hollywood in I Sept. 18 in Hollywood. 

1929 Greene doubled as screen actor | 1 — 

and talent agent. His last picture was 
"Between Two Women" at Metro- 

Surviving are his widow, and a 

— w^.— v. ^i-, 

JACK DAVIS 
Jack Davis, 40, former vaude per- 
former and recently a talent agent 
associated with Pete Iodice booking 
agency, Detroit, died there on Sept. 
27. 

Davis had been a vaude performer 
since early youth. PrioV to joining 
up with the Iodice agency, he had 
worked as emcee-comedian in Chi- 
cago and Detriot niteries for five 
years. ' 

He was husband of Lois Davis* ni- 
tery singer, who survives. 



BIRTHS 

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Habcr. son. 
Brooklyn, N...Y., Sept. 25. Father is 
asst. art director of RKO Picts, 



TED EDWARDS 

M. JS. ,Burrell, 62, one of original 
Keystone Kops in films and known 
professionally as Ted Edwards, died 
Sept. 29 in Los Angeles. 

Burrell started his career in 
vaudeville with Joe Howard over 
40 years ago. He went to' Holly- 
wood in early days of slapstick film 
comedies and worked with Charles 
Chaplin, Slim Summerville; Marie 
Dressier, Ben Turpin and played in 
the Mack Sennett comedies. 

Survived by son. 



'SCHOOL FOR BRIDES' 

Split- weeiT rights to""Scfi66TTor"*" 
Brides." which spanned last season 
on Broadway to moderate grosses, 
were bought by Frank McCoy from 
Howard Lang and the tour started 
last week with indications of a 
clean-up. First date was Trenton, 
N. J., where the gross was $2,500, 
while takings in Hershey, Pa., were 
$3,000, gross on week topping $13,- 
00(1. v 

Understood that the show can op- 
erate on its share of a gross of $4,- 
500 Weekly, not counting railroading. 
"Brides" is being booked by the 
United Booking Office, which wasn't 
so hot about routing the show— but 
it's different now. "Brides" is playing 
Richmond and Roanoke this week. 



RALPH GRANZIN 

Ralph Granzin, 38, assistant man- 
ager of the RKO Orpheum theatre, 
Des Moines, died in Chicago, Sept. 25, 
from internal complications. 

He had been in the Mort Singer 
office in Chicago as an auditor, since 
the Singer company was organized, 
some 12 years ago. and was made 
assistant manager and treasurer of 
the RKO Des Moines theatre when 
the RKO circuit took over the Singer 
chain a year ago. 

Survived by widow, son" and 
daughter. 



DELBERT V. COOKE 

Delbert V. .Cooke, 75, former cir- 
cus clown and since retiring had 



MARRIAGES 

Betty Kellow Roday to Harry Ritz, 
Hollywood, Sept. 24. Groom is one 
of Ritz Bros, vaude team. 

Flo Blaine to Lou Ross, Winches- 
ter, Va., Sept. 20. Groom is owner 
of the Hollywood Show Bar. Pitts- 
burgh: bride is head hostess there. 

Patsy Faye to Pfc: Carroll O'Con- 
nor. Washington, Sept. 30. Bride is 
nitery dancer. 

Sylvia MacKaye to William Tins- 
man, Las Vegasi Sept. 25. Bride is an 
actress; groom a casting director. 

Dorothy Ann Gardner to George 
Kondblph, Jr., New , York. Sept. 28. 
Groom is legit and radio producer. 

Grace Norton to Al Gallico, New 
York, Oct. 1. Bride is member of 
Norton Sisters vocal trio: groom is 
contact man with Leeds Music Co. 

Carolyn Cromwell to Edwin H, 
(Buddy; Morris, Las Vegas, Sept: 10,. 
but not announced until this week. 
Groom is the music publisher. 

Helen Freund to S'Sgt. Sam Bush- 
man, Minneapolis, Sept. 1. Bride is 
former Phllly Daily News staffer; 
groom former Philly flack. 



Wednesday, October 3, 1945 



LEGITIMATE 



63 



'Song With Words' 25G, 
'Rebecca' 18G in Frisco 

San Francisco. Oct. 2. 
Another fat week for the Theodore 
Bachenheimer-James A. Doolittle 
"Song Without Words." took in $24,- 
900 at $3.60 top in the 1,776-seat Cur- 
ran. • 

Diana Barrymore. in '"Rebecca," 
drew excellent $18,000 at 1,550-seat, 
$3-top Geary next door. 



Current Road Shows 

( Pei iod Coverivg Oct. 1-13) 

Apple" — Geary., 



Opera House, 



Chi B.O. Breezy; lucasta' SRO 
$17,300, Ming 41G, 'Jones $28, 

Chicago, Oct. 2. -f 

Rainy weather cut the takes lor 
half of the town's legit attractions 
last week, but the other three-^all 
hits— Were capacity. Latter are 
"Anna Lucasta," which now has a 
sensational $45,000 advance at the 
small-capacity Civic and a big $17,- 
300 for the. first week (it's $17,500 
capacity, with press seats accounting 
lor opening-stanza slack); "Lafliv; 
Room Only," up to near-capacity 
with $41,000 'for, eight performances 
following opening weeks $29,500 for 
five- and "Carmen. Jones," still a lull 
$28,000. „ m 

••Two Mrs. Carrolls' and "Tem- 
■ pc-it'* 'clashed in reopening Great 
Northern and Sludebakcr, respec- 
tively. Monday (D. with swell $15.- 
CiO advance on "Carrolls" tor Inst 
three weeks ot sale tit's Elisabeth 
Bergners first stage appearance 
here) and a little under $10,000 ad- 
vance lor "Tempest," which made 
nobody unhappy. , „ . , ,, 

•■Dear -Ruth' and Voice ot the 
Turtle" were down $1,500 each— 
"Ruth" to $17,500 and "Turtle" to 
$10 000— and "Good Night, Ladies' 
limuod into the finish with $9.800,, 
which mav cue closing earlier than I "oiijwooo w.?. 
O -t ''7 as already announced. 

Ballet Russe rie Monte Carlo jfot 
$40 000 for six performances at the 
Opera House — considered remark- 
able, especially in view of the rainy 
weather on tap most of the week. 
Estimates for Last Week 

•\,uia Lucasta," Civic (900; $3,001. 
Despite weather lit tor ducks, this 
ore hit capacity $17,300 in first 
stanza, with $45,000 in advance sales 
to date. ... 

••Carmen Jones," Erlanger (nth 
week) (1,500; $4.20). Still a smash 
$28,000. ■ '•■•:• 

■ Dear Ruth," Harris < 24th week) 
11.000; $3.60). Of! $1,500 to $17,500. 
but okay. , . 

•Good Nlffht. Ladies" Blackstonc 
(8th week) (1.200; $3). Puny $9,800. 
"Wint-:r's Tale" inked in Oct. 29. 

"Laffing Room Only," Shubert (2d 
week) (2.163; $4.80). Standout $41,- 
000 Tor eight performances. 

"Voire of the Turtle." Selwyn (;>2d 
week) (1.000: $3.60). Also off $1,500. 
Got $10,000 this time. Tuesday (2> 
is its fust anni here. 



"Adam Ale the 

Frisco (8-13). 

Bullet Theatre 
Bost. 11-6).- 

"Begsrars Are Coming to Town"— 
Lyricv Bridgeport 1 5-6 >; Wilbur, 
Bost. * i8-I3). . 

"Blackouts of 1»45" — El Capital!. 



'Winter's Tale' Okay 
$16,500 in Pittsburgh 

Pittsburgh, Oct. 2. 

"Winter's Tale" had the advantage 
o£ heavy pi e-season subscription sale 
at Nixon last week and hung up 
satisfactory $16,500 at $3.60 (includ- 
ing tax) top. Notices were sharply 
divided. Sun-Tele called it a solid 
hit; Press thought show was okay 
and Post-Gazette panned production. 
Window sale was only fair. Con- 
siderable fixing being contemplated, 
with several cast changes in the off- 
ing. ' 

Nixon ■ currently has Tallulah 
Baiikhead' in "Foolish Notion," first 
time on record that Otrc subscription 
offering lias come, right pn heels of 
another. Still a third was supposed 
to have followed if Oct. 15 in "Dark 
of Moon.'' but Hint's staying in New 
York and Kay Francis in "Windy 
Hilf has been subbed. House has 
been unable, to snatch a bookiiv for 
next week and will bo. dark. Then 
comes "Hill.'' with new Lindsay- 
douse piece, "State of the Union," 
on deck. 



B way Tapers; 'Roots'Tops Newcomers 
* With $14000 in 1st 7 Showings, Ryan' 
Surprises, 17G, Touched' Okay 13^G 



BERGNER 'CARROLLS' 
NEAT $16,000, CINCY 

Cincinnati, Oct. 2. 

Opening Cincy's legit season, Elis- 
abeth Bergiier in "The Two Mis. 
Carrolls" tugged a swell $16,000 on 
eight performances last week in the 
1,300-scat Cox at $3.60 top. 

The town will be without road 
shows, until Oct. 14, when Black.slone 
tenants the house for a week of 
hocus-pocus at $1.80 top. From then 
on the only gap in bookings. is pre- 
Xmas week, which means more .en- 
gagements than last season. 



'Okla.!' 34G Sellout 



Blackstone — Virginia, Wheeling 
(1-3),; Hariman. Columbus i4-6). 
English;; Ind'polis (8-13). 

"Blossom Time" — Bijou, Battle 
Creek ill; State. Kalamazoo (2): 
Fischer. Danville (3); Orpheurh; 
Springfield (4); Lincoln. Decatur (5); 
Univ.. Lafayette (6); Mosque, Peoria 
(8): PkWay. Madison (9); And:, St. 
Paul (10-11); Lyceum. Minn. (12-13). 

"Carmen .rones" — ■ Erlanger, Chi. 
(1-13). : ' '-."'•' 

"Dear ' Ruth"— Harris, Chi 1 1-13). 
"Dear Kuth" (2nd Co.)— Amer.. St. 
Louis (1-6); Music H., Kansas City 
(8-13). . 

"Desert Sour" — Metro. Seattle (1- 
6); Capitol, Yakima (8): Fox. Spo- 
kane (9-10): And:. St. Paul (13). 

"Foolish Notion" — Nixon, Pitts 
il-6); Erlanger. Buffalo (8-11); Aud., 
Rochester (12-131. 

Gilbert & Sullivan — Metro, Provi- 
dence (3-4): Bushnell, Hartford 
(54i): Opera House, Bost. (8-13). 

"Girl from Nantucket" — ShtibeiL 
New Haven (4-6); Forrest, Philly 
(8-13). . 

"Good Night, Ladies"— Blackstone. 
Chi. (1-13).. "" 

"Hasty Heart" — Shubert, Philly 
(1-131. 

"Lafflng- Room Only" — Shubert. 
Chi. (1-13). 

"Mr. Cooper's Left Hand"— Wilbur, 
Boston (1-6). 

"Next Half Hour" — McCartcr, 
Pi incetoii (13). 

"Oklahoma!"— Ford's. Balto (1-6); 
Shubert. New Haven (8-13). 

"Rebecca" — Geary. Frisco (1-61; 
And.. Oakland <7l; Maytair, Portland 
19-101: Temple. Tacoma (Hi; Royal. 
. Victoria (12-13). 

I "Rugged rath"— Nat'l, Wash, (1- 
.XV.,. -* 

f -"Sail -t%fMo Oper»'-0«: — Vr. "WAX: >«V 



Baltimore, Oct. 2?*^, ToTlTTTT; Tohmtttfrity,'"Hprshey--l-2^ 
' Oklahoma:" completed its first !. Cochran. Johnstown (3); Mosque, 
week at Ford's here last week with PHts: (4-6); Virginia. Wheeling (8); 
a Dango $34,000 capacity at $4.22 top. | stambaugh, Youngstown (9); Music 

II.. Clove'. (10-14). 



and started off its .second round with 
an extra Show Sunday (30), assuring 
an even bigger total in second and 
final round of its stay. 

Kay Francis. in Ruth Chatlcrton's 
production of "Windy Hill" is slated 
to follow. 



'Indians' Whooped Down 
By Baseball, 10G in St. L. 

St. Louis, Oct. 2. 

Almost continuous rain and inter- 
est in the baseball pennant race was 
too great an opposish for Agatha 
Christie's mystery comedy, "10 Little 
Indians." during its second and final i 
week at the American theatre. 
'Drama, which, drew posies from the ! 
erix, wound Up its local stand Satur- 
day (29) with .-'an estimated $10,000 
lor the final staitta. The first week's 
gross was approximately $13,000. 
fhe house was healed at $3.05. 

"Dear Ruth" opened a one-week 
engagement at the American Sunday 
.(•50) with a heavy advance that 
points to a profitable week. The cast 
is headed by Philip Obcr, Mariorie 
tituesotv, Randee Sanford and Rus- 
sell Hoyt. House is scaled to S3.05. 

Romberg Sockf7$^700 
For Indpls. Solo Date 

• ' _ Indianapolis, Sept. 30. 

. Koad show season opened here to- 
night' (30) with a bang-up double- 
nt.auer. Sigmund' Romberg and com- 
pany at Mnrat. for single, and "To- 
bacco Road" at English lor week. 

Komberg, under management of 
i age & Byrne, played to $6,700 and 
nidienee of 2.300' in house that nor- 
mally seats 1.900. About $2,500 was 
uuned back. Scale, $1.20-$3.60. "To- 
0.1CCO Road" also opened to near 
^ Pilc,t );at 60c-$2.40. Legit program 
"!r l ? sU1 'S sketchy, with Blackstone 
'HM on bill ; ,t English week Oct. 7. ! 6); Ford 



"School for Brides" — Lyric. Rich- 
mond (1-4): Center. Norfolk (5-7): 
Stale. Raleigh (8); Nafl. Greensboro 
(9); Carolina. Charlotte (10): Aud., 
Columbia (11): State. W. Salem (12): 
Acad.. Roanoke (13). 

"Spring in Brazil"— Shubert. Bost. 
11-131. 

"Stale of the Union" — Walnut. 
Philly (10-13). 

"Sludenl Prince"— Cass. Det. (1- 
6); Royal Alexandra. Toronto (8-13.1. 

"Tempest"— Studebakcr, Chi. U- 
131, 

"Ten Little Indiana". (1st Co.) — 
Copley. Boston (1-13). 

"Ten Little Indians" (2nd Co.) — 
Columbus (1-3); Town Hall. Toledo 
(4-6). . •: 

"The Assassin" — Plymouth, Bosl. 
(1-13). . ". 

"The Bad Man"— Music H„ Hoik- 
ton if); Texas. San Antonio (2); 
jPara.. Austin (31; Worth. Ft. Worth 
j (4); Melba. Dallas (5-6)- Convention 
I H,. Tulsa 18): Shrine And., Oklahoma 
|C, (9-lOi: Arcadia. Wichita at): 
Stale And.. Emporia l J 2 > : Mem. 
And.. Salina 1 13 l.- 

"The Only Girl"— Russ Aud.. San 
Diego ui-7): Biltmorc. CL. A. (8-13). 
'•Therese"~Locust-St.. PhilfV (1-6), 
"The Winter's Tale" — Erlanger. 
Buffalo ( 1-4 ); Add.. Rochester (5-6): 
Colonial. Bost. (8-13). 

"Tobacco Road 1 — English. Indian- 
apolis il-(i): Amer.. St. Louis i8-l:j). 

"Two Mrs. Carrolls"— Gr. North- 
ern. Chi. (1-131. 

"Voice of the Turtle" — Selwyn. 
Chi. (1-13).. 

Windy Hill"— Forrest. Philly (1- 
Balto (8.-13); 



Nothing Fooli-h 
About K For 
Tallu in Philly 

'• Philadelphia, Oct; 2. 

Philly 's legit continued to hit. the 
high spots last, week with only two 
houses tenanted, and one show get- 
ting a unanimous shellacking from 
the erix, , • 

As was expected, the Theatre 
Guild's "Foolish Notion," with •' Tallu- 
lah . Bank-head as star, surpassed its 
first week at the Shubert with an 
amazing $29,000 — the kind of figure 
generally associated with musicals. 
To say it could have remained an- 
other couple of weeks is only to state 
an" obvious fact; also, naturally, with 
its scale, the Philip Barry show 
would have grossed higher each 
week if not on ATS subscription. 
However, the two weeks' engagement 
grossed over $55,000. 

"Windy Hill." at the Forrest for 
the first of two sessions, got poor to 
tepid notices. In face of erix' ad- 
verse reports. Kay Francis vehicle 
grossed close to $17,000 on the week, 
plenty okay. 

Walnut and Locust were both dark 
last week, but latter relighted last 
night (Oct. I) with "Theresc," which 
has been .doing well up in New Eng- 
land despite some mixed com- 
mentaries. Le Gallicnne show is 
still only announced for a single 
week here but as Locust has no 
booking until Theron Bamberger's 
"Caviar to the General" on the 22nd. 
there is still talk of "Thcrese" stay- 
ing. '■ Another show was pencilled in 
for two weeks but is apparently out. 

This, week's- other oocning was 
"The Hasty Heart." which bowed 
into the Shubert last night .(1st), as 
2nd ATS subscription' attraction, 
Three new shows, all preeming 
locally. 'are next in line. First is 
Philly season's first musical. "Girl 
From Nantucket." set at the Forrest 
on Tuesday. (9): on the following 
'iS.g'ti: i t7rrd;,a}. co;r ejth- : 
'HSutis -J j Hello ion" aixcm? ."fft'.^i? 
Walnut. The following Week— 
Wednesday, the 17th. another musi- 
cal. "Are You With It" comes to the 
Shubert. The Milton Bcrle musical. 
"Spring in Brazil." is listed for the 
Forrest on the 29th. . 



'POLONAISE' HITS 32G 
IN WASH.; TRACY SRO 

• Washington. Oct. 21 

"Polonaise.'-' with all seats sold be- 
fore the attraction, came in. did $32.- 
()()•:) on it.s week at the National' the- 
atre. . 

Spencer Tracy show. Robert E. 
Sherwood's "The Rugged Path;" has 
duplicated this feat. It will gel be- 
tween $58,006 and $59,000 oii its two 
weeks hero. 

"The Next Half Hour." -with Fay 
Baintcr starred, -has a mountain of 
mail orders. It's a Max Gordon pro- 
duction. 



W Grinds Out 20G 
In LA.; 'Suds' 8|G 

Los 'Angeles. Oct. 2.* 
Good .returns were rung dp here 
last week, aided by cool weather.. 
Top coin went to the initial frame of 
"Red Mill'' at the :• Biltmorc. which 
rated a solid $20,000. Ken Murray's 
"Blackouts ot 1945" went through 
the 170th week with capacity $15.4'J0. 
owing to the two evening shows Sat- 
urday. 

"Suds in Your Eye" dipped again 
in the third frame to take $8,600. still 
way in the black, Musart's olVering 
of "Motel Wives" rated a steady $3.- 
900 for the ninth week. 



Blackstone 12G, Buff 

Buffalo. Oct. 2. 
Blackstonc in six performances at 
Erlanger List week' rolled up rousing 
$12,000 at $2.40 top. 



There was some tapering of Broad- 
way grosses last week, po&sibly due 
to weather uncertainties, particu- 
larly a September heat wave,' but the 
prosperity trend was clearly, demon- 
strated again. The first flock of flops 
is off the boards and five new en- 
trants last week kept the. first [light- 
ers occupied. Only one' 1 hew .'show 
this week. "Polonaise" bowing in 
Saturday (6) afjter big .business at 
the tryouts. 

Two and maybe three of the new 
attractions appear to have likely 
chances, according to . st rong box- 
office despite the doubtful nature of 
the notices. "Deep Are the Roots" 
can be the topper of last week's in- 
comers but "The Ryan Girl" and 
"You Touched Me" fared much bet- 
ter at the boxot'fice than expected, a 
surprise in light' of critical opinions. 
Estimates for Last Week 

Keys: C (Comedy), D •pmmu), 
CO (Comedy-Drama), R (Reimc), 
M (MiificnO, O (Operetta). 

"A Bell for Adano," Cort (33id 
week) (D-1,063; $4.20). Business oil 
last half but gross fairly strong, the 
count being quoted around $15,000. 

"Anna Lueasfa," Mansfield (57lh 
week) (D-1,041; $3.60), Chicago 
company off to excellent start, while 
another cast now playing here topped 
$19,000. 

"Bloomer Girl," Shubert (52cl 
week) (M-1,328; $5.40). Has com- 
pleted a year's stay and is on the 
way to another season; estimated 
takings were $33,500, capacity, 

"Carib Sonf," (Adelphi (M-1.434: 
$4.80). Opened late last week and 
while dances (Katherine Dunham, 
Avon Long) were lauded, newest col- 
ored musical got thumbs down; got 
$17,000 in four times, however, aided 
by big opening night. 

"Carousel," Majestic (24th week) 
(M-1,681: $6). Broadway's topper is 
close to half-year mark, with indica- 
tions of staying into 1947; over $49,- 
000. 

"Dark of the Moon," 48th Stuee! 
(28th week) (D-1,329; $4.20). Under- 
estimated., gross having gone to $11,- 
500: operating profit but not for 
house; starting Sunday performances. 

"Dear Riiir.v," Miller <42d week) 
(C-930; $4.20). One of last season's 
best laugh plays now approximating 
capacity all times: over $18,000:. 

"Deep Are the Roots," Fulton (D- 
946; $4.20). Including two paid pre- 
views first seven performances 
.around $14,000; capacity claimed Fri- 
day Uhd Saturday. 

"Follow tue Girls," Broadhurst 
(77th. week) (M-1,179; $4.80). Even 
the management surprised at up- 
surge during September: up. further, 
gross being ereat $30,500. 

"Harvey," 48th Street (48th week) 
(C-925; S4.20). Slight till in upper 
shell" prices, so gross now is around 
$19,300. which pace will continue In- 
definitely. '.'.:':. 

"Hals Off to Ice," Center (fi4lh 
week) iR-2,944: $1.98). Slated 
through new season; consistently 
i!i£!iiS& n i'; scs -. , P r "' e bettering $30,000. 
- .8«mH»MV-»ili>iwh%J<,' uuoJB vii. 
■r51.4- w^ek4-»CD-340:--S4.39.l.. Close, 
to year's run mark and selling out 
fisht along; $21,500. 

"Late George Apley," Lyceum (40th 
week) iC-993: $4.20). Looks set well 
into winter, with gross approximating 
$14,000 last week. 

"Life ■ WiKi Father," Bijou (304th 
week) iC-630: $3.60). Run leader 
faring better than indicated and last 
week's pace improved to $11,000. 

"Live Life Aeain," Belasco (D- 
1,077: $3.60). Opened Saturday (29) 
night; unfavorable press. 

"Marinka," Barrymore (11th week) 
(0-1,115: $4.80). Moved here from 
Winter Garden, now in films ("Blithe 
Spirit"): had perked up strongly to 
nearly $29,000. 

"Oklahoma!", St. lames (131st 
week) (M-l ,522; 84.80). No matter 
how incoming musicals fare this sock 
sticker will continue to sell out; over 
$31,000. 

"On the Town," Beck (40 h week) 
(M-1.214; $4.80). Sell iir;. out virtu- 
ally all times again and last week's 
flalire topped $31,000. 

"Polonaise," Alvin (0-1,331: $4.80). 
Presented by Horace Schmidlapp in 
association with Harry Bloomtield; 
score adapted from Chooin by Bron- 
i.-:law Kaper: lyrics by John Latouche; 
book by Gottfried Reinhardt and An- 
thony Veiller; opens Saturday (6): 
scale Friday and Saturday nights $6 
top. ..-..,'.-.'. 

"Sons of Norway,'' Imperial (58th 
week) (0-1.427; $0), Stays here in- 
definitely and "Spring in Brazil" 
probably will play Ccnlurv; Coast hit 
around $41,000. 

"The Glass Henasrsrieo" Playhouse 
(2fi h week) (CD-865: $4.20). Plan 
for Coast eompanv stymied; hit is 
netting all house will hold; over $18,- 
500.. ' 

"The Ryan Girl," Plvmouth (1st 
week) (D-I.075:"$3.C0). Initial week's 
business indicates that Edmund 
Colliding meller should make grade: 
clo.-c to $17,000, surprise figure after 
critical panning. 

"The Voice of '-''te Turtle," Motosco 
(78th week) (C-939: $3.60). Over 
SJO.OOO, which means capacity at the 
• - • . . - . * 



I scale; looks like cinch through an- 
! other season. 

' Up in Central Park," Broadway 
i35th week) (M-1.900; $G). Looks 
set through new season, too; business 
Ri uniped recently; $41,500 estimated: 
j "Vou Touched Me," Booth (C-712; 
$4.20). Critics panned this new one, 
I too, but around $13,500. in first seven 
j times in small house is promising. 

Therese 7 BigTl7,000, 
'Cooper' Left - Handed 

10G, 'Indians' 12|G, Hub 

. .". Boston. Oct. 2; 
. Theatre managers generally smil- ' 
ing this week ..in Hub. "Therese" 
continues big at Plymouth in third 
week, grossing $17,000 against $21,- 
000 second week. Snub reviews hurt 
"Mr, Cooper's Left Hand" at Wilbur, 
which has not been too happy in 
choice of plays this season; gross 
was only $10,000. It folds here Satur- 
day for revision, instead of going 
into the Empire. N. Y.. as scheduled. 
"Ten Little- Indians" at refurbished 
Copley held its own in third week 
at $12,500. 

Ballet Theatre at Opera House is 
having fair advance sale: Advance 
for "Spring in Brazil." opened last 
night, exceptionally good. 



TRACY-'RUGGED PATH' 
PROV. RECORD $20,000 

Providence, Oct. 2. 

"The Rugged Path." Robert E. 
Sherwood's new play, broke all ex- 
isting house records with Spencer 
Tracy in the new show's tryout two- 
day performances at the 3,200-seat 
Metropolitan theatre (28 and 29). 
SRO was the rule for the two per- 
formances with $20,000. Scale had a 
$3.60 top. 

Event marked Tracy's return to 
Providence stage after 20-year ab- 
sence. 



'Assassin' Fair $4,800 
In New Haven Debut 

New Haven. Oct. 2. 
Business on preem of "The As- 
sassin" ;:t Shubert last weekend (27- 
29) only fair despite favorable no- 
tices. Gross estimated at $4,800 on 
(our shows at $3 top. 

Repercussions of New York ele- 
vator strike hit town this week with 
cancellation of break-in of "Girl 
from Nantucket," which was skedded 
for ' Thurs.-Sat. (4-6). Inability to 
( complete custumes due to strike 
• given as reason for calling off the 
show's premiere, which, had excited 
; considerable interest hereabouts. Re- 
j funds ran close to $10,000. . 
I Next week gets full stanza of "Qk- 
' lahoina!" (8-13), with handsome ad- 

i*wer<2&ato;ia, "'5Sisjp. a v ks '" ho;v ' s 

MJiird. .apn.eat:ar)£.e..,.here. tooth "tfiSI" 
original and the national 'companies'- 
liaving teed off at Shubert. 

"Secret Room" (Frances Dee) is 
due Oct. 18-20 (premierei. and an- 
other trvout follows, "Day Before 
Spring" (25-27). 



'Uncle Tern' 0% 

$1,500 in Bridgeport 

Bridgeport. Oct. 2. 
Off-and-on-again musical version 
of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" grossed only 
SI . 500 in three performances at Klein 
Memorial, municipally-operated ail-, 
ditorium, in spite of front-paging 
that followed Controller Perry W. 
Rodman's ban after protests of Negro 
groups, CIO, Pastors Assn. and Com- 
munists. 

Oddly, Rodman had reported art- 
advance of $1,300 for original one- 
day stand skedded lor Friday (28). 
When Mayor Jasper MeLevy, refus- 
ing to yield to pressure groups, or- 
dered the show to go on and Rodman 
booked it again for two shows Satur- 
day and one Sunday, expected biz 
did not materialize. 

Line of 30 pickets patrolled each 
of three performances, but no out- 
breaks occurred although plenty of 
police were ready. Jacob Porter, 
Negro labor leader, who took respon- ' 
sibility for sparking CIO' resolution, 
called it "beginning of war to stop 
practice, of clowning at expense of 
racial traits." 



PRINCE' NIFTY 22G, DETROIT 

Detroit, Oct. 2. •' 
Sigmund Romberg's tuneful per-, 
en n Val, "The Student Prince," drew' 
a nifty $22,000 to the Cass last week 
at a $3 top. Show continues through 
Saturday (6), with the theatre dark- 
ened thereafter until Tallulah Bank- 
head brings Philip Barry's "Foolish 
Notion" on the 15th. 

Other legits, Lafayette and Music 
Hall, continue dark except for a 
one-niffht. stand at the latter of Sig- 
mund Romberg and concert orch on 
Wednesday (3). 



Wednesday, October 3, 19 13 



yeAR! 

1945 saw Vaughn Monroe become the number one band on 
records and the hottest musical attraction in the country. His 
"There I've Said It Again" (Victor) was the top record of the year 
and is still on best-seller lists after 28 weeks. 

# THEATRES • • • ■'• • Grosses were 40% above any of his previous figures, 

^ . everywhere! 

# ONE-NIGHTERS • • Into overages every time! Personal "take" was in ex- 

* cess of $25,000 on 8 consecutive 1-nite stands! 

# HOTELS* •• • • • • Currently at Commodore Hotel. Eighth (and greatest!) 

engagement. Thanks to Martin Sweeney. 

Newest Victor Album —"On The Moon Beam" 




Personal Management MARSH ARD MUSIC 

EXCLUSIVE DIRECTION . . . 

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VOL. 160 



No. 5 



NEW YORK, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1945 



PRICE 25 CENTS 



HOLLYWOOD'S RADIO FOOTHOLD 



Negro Performers Lash Back at Raps 
Vs. Roles That Hit Race s Dignity 



Negro performers, long silent at> 
tho jva'v'e- of criticism in the Negro 
press, berating them for assuming 
idles that allegedly detract from the 
dignity of the race, are hitting back 
With, such vigor that effects of their 
reb.uttai: is being felt in the hi^b 
Command of the National Association 
•for the Advancement of Colored 
People. 

Performers, in letters to the pre.-'.s 
and in talks before Negro cultural 
organization?, claim that Walter 
White'. NAACP executive- secretary, 
has set himself up as a czar of Negro 
entertainment who wants his im- 
primatur on every vole assumed by 
a-Negro actor. \yhite's action in de- 
nouncing; "St. Louis Woman." vvhicn 
cawed Lena Home to leave the cas! 
'of the Edward Gross production, 
started the current furore. 

As a result, it's claimed that Hol- 
lywood producers are now eliminat- 
ing parts that would ordinarily go U 
Negro actors because Of fear of criti- 
cism in the Negro press. An instance 
given is that of one player who had 
been working regularly in pictures 
until the liareup and is now a laydif. 
White's action has also caused some 
Ne«roes to shun roles in legit as well 
(Continued on page 55 1 



PanamaSapolios 
Itself, GIs Gone, So 
Cafes Go 'Family' 

Panamanian nitcrics. long known 
• as the hottest spots in the Latin- 
Americas, are. turning over a new 
leaf and campaign is on to sell them 
as cafes catering to the family trade 
in order to entice American talent 
there. Carlos Cowes, who, in con- 
junction with his father, lermo. 
owns the Casanova, arrived in New 
York Thursday (4) to sign standard 
names and to tell of how the ma- 
jority of the niteries are now cater- 
ing to "respectable" American and 
"Panamanian civilians. 

Cowes explained that departure of 
most GIs has caused a cleanup in 
niosl cafes. The B girls, who lined 
troops into spending a month's , pay 
oil non-alcoholic "blue moons" 
(hostess downs), are no longer part 
of the scenery. Instead, bonifaccs 
are trying to lure permanent resi- 
dents' with shows iii the best Ameri- 
can tradition. However, they've 
peon stymied in their quest for acts 
because of the fact that most Ajnori- 
' e:m performers, femmes especially, 
(Continued on page 55 > - 



Theatres, Niteries See 
Dress-up Habit Back 

New York, and for that matter 
every key city in the U. S., is really 
riressing-up now that the Victory 
has been won. Plenty of white ties 
in evidence at theatres and niteries. 
along with the less formal' dinner 
jackets: and the femmes, o£ course, 
who put their baubles away for the 
duration, are starting to make up 
for it, in spades." 

Problem, from the boys' viewpoint, 
is getting new duds fast enough, and 
the' discovery that the mothballed 
evening clothes are either too some- 
thing—tight, or loose, or dated. 



Berlin Co. s 200G 
Net Without a Hit 

Irving Berlin, a veteran of the 
music wars, is nevertheless amazed 
at the extraordinary; success of his 
new Berlin Music Pub. Co. (unin- 
corporated, as distinguished from 

-as soc i ate d ■ -w it ».;^a«Hlfc,Bornsf etn ). 
as he points to- a $200i00O -net- profit 
in the first six months of business, 
without a new bit. "It certainly 
proves what a firm with a good 
standard catalog can do nowadays.'' 
says Berlin, referring, of course, to 
his own backlog of hits. 

Himself either in the Pacific with 
"This Is the Army" on its final laps 
of a three-year tour (for which lie 
just got the rare Legion of Merit 
from the Government), or in Holly- 
wood polishing up the "Blue Skies" 
filmusical at Paramount (Bing 
Crosby-Fred Astairc), the Berlin 
firm has been operated by ■ Dave 
Dreyer and aides. None the less, 
with only such mild hits as "Good. 
Good,- Good" (not by Berlin), which 
(Continued on page 27) 



COAST THE KEY 
TO 




By GEORGE ROSEN 

Hollywood, Oct. 9. 

Radio production — and that takes 
in virtually the whole roster of top- 
coin shows with the exception of 
some musical-slanted and non-star 
formated programs — is as firmly en- 
trenched in Hollywood as the. pic- 
ture industry itself. 

As a result, the N. Y. to L. A. 
shuttle of top agency execs has 
blossomed forth into an unprece- 
dented -commutation set-Up, which 
probably reached peak proportions 
during the past month, as the wraps 
were thrown off the new broadcast- 
ing season. 

A o.o. of the Hollywood radio 
scene points up, if anything, one 
glaring inconsistency in agency op- 
eration: Today, more than ever be- 
fore, top - budgeted nighttime pro- 
gramming-production is strictly a 
Coast "baby." By comparison, New- 
York has levelled off to "road com- 
pany*' stature. Name a top air show 
that's wrapped around a personality, 
and, with but few exceptions, such 
(Continued on page 27) 



O'seas Junkets Made Easy 

Hollywood. Oct. 9. 
New ruling by the War Dept. will 
nurUo it easier for film stars to travel 
Overseas on soldier entertainment 
lours. ■ : .-, V. . 

Recently adopted program calls 
fur two-week trips, enabling actors 
'<> make betweeh-picture appear- 
ances abroad. Heretofore they wore 
required to sign for three or four 
months, 



MARLENE DIETRICH'S 
FAMILY REUNIONS 

■' I'.'i' Berlin, Sept. 27. 

Marlenc Dietrich is on another 
USO junket, dpublmg in family re- 
unions. •''.'■<. ' ' .-''; 

When she arrived in Berlin,- Lt. 
Col. Barney OldflcUt p.a. for the 
First Airborne Army," had two Sig- 
nal Corps cameramen pick up her 
mother, Frau von Losch. and take 
her to Tempclhof Airport, so she 
Was there to greet her famous 
daughter. Vl v . '.- 

Next venture oil the same voutc 
is much more difficult, being the lo- 
cation; of the parents of Miss Diet- 
rich's husband. Dr. Ritdolnh Sieber. 
They are Austrians, who have been 
booted by the Czechs into Germany 
and are now in one of the DP camps 
in Th'tiringia. 

She 'is trying through Ambassador 
Murphy's office to gel to the Sicbcrs. 
who are believed to be near Leipzig. 



MONTREAL PLANS 
LOCAL RADIO CM 

• ~ • Montreal: QcV'fi-. "' " 

Plans to build an entertainment 
centre along the lines of Radio City 
in N. Y., were released here this 
week. Site has already been picked 
at At water and St. Catherine streets 
in the west-end and will neighbor 
the Forum, which now houses most 
local entertainment as well as 
athletics. Scheme is under direction 
of French pix producer Charles 
Phillip, w"ho was responsible for 
"Le Pere Chopin," made here. 

Feature of the centre will be a 
"Victory Theatre'' seating 5,000 and 
individual French and English pic- 
ture houses each with 2,000 capacity. 
There will also be two individual 
theatres for French and English 
legit, seating 750. Centre will also 
include two pix production studios 
and a large scale restaurant along 
the lines of am international cafe. 

Included in the plans is. a: commer- 
cial centre with space. for 220 com- 
mercial establishments, exhibition 
halls, swimming pool.- exhibition 
palace and a garage for 800 cars." All 
this will be subterranean. : 

Company has already been stormed 
for the building planning and 
financing..- Project will later- be 
placed on ! a permanent financial 
basis in the haiids of a new com- 
pany. 



British Bid for Windsor to Head 
Film Biz; Chevalier Ditto in France 



Chevalier's Vauder 

In Feb. x on Broadway 

Maurice Chevalier's U.S. come- 
back will be as the star of his own 
yau'de-revue on Broadway, on a per- 
centage deal with the Shuberts and 
Clifford C. Fischer, his longtime 
Paris and New York friend. Che- 
valier has a commitment for three 
months with the new Casino de 
Paris show in Paris, from November, 
but he will be over in February. 

Lucienne Boyer, also being repped 
by Fischer, has $4,000-per-wcek bids, 
from both Monte Proser (Copaca- 
bana), and Jack Harris for the lat- 
ter's new London Club • (nee La 
Conga), both big-capacity N.Y. 
niteries. •■ 



Plane Pic Shows 
On Regular Trips 

The major airlines envisage pix 
exhibition in flight a probability 
within two years, as~a result of the 
rapid.it*v^aiiritox..rs^-''rti;,-ter^ttalr^rf» 

craft- engineers, ; • 

Film programs as a passenger con- 
venience have remained on the 
"maybe someday" agenda of most 
companies ever since Mort Blumen- 
stock staged a stunt airshowing of 
"Devil-Dogs of the Air." for Warner 
Bros., a decade ago. All of the com- 
panies have •' at various times at- 
tempted to surmount the hurdles 
.which made such a service a com- 
mercial impossibility. 

Now things arc shaping up so that 
in not too long hence you Will board 
a ship for lunch,' sit back and watch 
a well-balanced pic program and 
be at your destination ■" for supper. 
The use of films i.s- predicated by all 
companies on a probable 300 rn.p.h. 
air speed.. . - 

Engineering roecarch was ac- 
celerated by results of an air travel- 
er pdll taken anion 
cash o.'-tomer.s which showed pix 
(Continued on page 22) 



■ The Duke of Windsor is s being Of- 
fered a job in England similar to the 
one held, here by Eric A. Johnston 
as head of the Motion Picture Pro- 
ducers & Distributors of America, it 
was learned this week in Washington 
and Wall Street. 

According to these well informed 
financiers and diplomats, the British 
consider the former king their best 
bet if they are to cut in success- 
fully on the billions in velvet repre- 
sented by foreign trade. But this 
British proposal is not the only 
move now being aimed at the com- 
manding position held by Hollywood 
pictures. 

While the erstwhile crowned head 
stepped out of the wings onto the 
stage in London for the first time in 
nine years, the French also made a 
move of primary importance to the 
future of foreign trade when they, 
pushed Maurice Chevalier into the 
limelight again. * 

The meaning of this has been 
widely overlooked.' those familiar 
with European business and politics 
insist. Though this picture and mu- 
sic hall primary favorite isn't a for- 
mer Prince of Wales, he has a world 
reputation and that is' what the 
(Continued on page 55) 



rst'LoutlwK JiHifirSHh 
Tops Philharmonic For 
Gross But Stops for Tea 



Bv 



| MSG's indoor Swim Show 

• '. First indoor water show in N. Y. 
\ on. a big scale is a possibility at the 

• Madison Square Garden, late De- 
I comber or January. Elliott Murphy. 
\ who produced tho watcrshow at the 
Atfiiacadci- .Billy .Rose's World's Fair 
! oiK't'fillpHi is dickering for a^ 'dric- 
' week scaikl at the Garden. 

I. 'Murphy is seeking Esther Wil- 
liams, Metro .jhtycr and a swimming 
j champ, for lead in tho production. 



HOFKINS-BROMFIELD 
WANT BOGIE FOR B'WAY 

Arthur- Hopkins, the producer, and 
Louis Bromfield. who has authored 
his first Broadway play. "In My 
Father's House," both Ohio boys' 
who made good in. tho big leagues, j 
arc uniting this fall to put on this . 
play. Both hope .that , Humphrey . 
Bogart can be snagged from Warner j 
Bros., and this time it's': not a casual ' 
hope since ( 1 ) Hopkins helped give 
BOgie his big legit chance, in "The j 
petrified Forest," and (2) it was at 
Broinfl'cld's Ohio home that the re- 
ceiii TJogail-L'auren Bacall. 'nuptials 
took' place. 



HARRY REGKNSBKltG 

London. Oct. 1. 
When it comes to music, or giving 
a newcomer in the music field a 
chance to make good, Jack Hylton is 
| a real softie. 

Royal Air Force guitarist. Sydney 
| Gross, jazz enthusiast, approached 
I the English maestro-eum-producer, 
(with idea. of staging a Sunday Jam 
< Session at the Adelphi theatre on 
,an occasional Sunday. Cross had no, 
money to put down, so Hylton told 
him he could have theatre on per- 
centage. ' . 
Show. Which Was based on Eddie 
7 000 of the I Q onc ' on ' s •' azz Sessions, opened Sun- 
' dr y. Stpi. 30. and comprised best 
I white and colored talent culled from 
I the top bands here. . 
j Outfit, which consisted of 17 (not 
all playing at once, thank goodness), 
I cerbiirity let themselves . go and 
■ nearly raised the roof for fully thiee 
(Continued on page 55) 



Paris Theatres Packed 

Paris. Oct. .9. 
All; amusements continn. to be 
packed by crowds anxious to. t,.ke 
their minds off present livirg eonoi- 
tions.- This explains the business 
done by all picture houses, despite 
the fact that, pending a quota deci- 
sion, most of them can only offer 
cither very old revivals, or else new 
local product among which there's 
been no outstanding hit so far. 
Legit, for the most part shuttered 



Stella Adler will likely be one of during the, summer, is now begin-, 
tiie* femnie leads, whether or j'i'61 iiiiig to open again, mostly with re- 
Bogie does it. ' vivals of last season's shows. 



MISCELLANY 



Wednesday, October 10, 1915 



73 Productions, 1,000 Actors 



Travel USO's Pacific Route 



Race to -be Hie fust USO-Camp* 
;Sii(X\v liiiit into Jiipaii is ..virtually on 
with .'Gamp Shows' aiyiouneement of 
its V-J. pt'ogTam;. which. calls for 73 
productions embracing 1,000 per- 
former.-. All shows in this group are 
destined, lor the Pacific area with 
assurance that many of them .will 
hit Tokyo 1 and 1 other parts of the N ip 
mainland. 1 . 0> : . ' '': -.'■■; ■ 

Schedule a.s mapped put calls for 
completion of this program in »0 . . 
days. In addition CS execs will- at- i " 
tempt to augment the blueprint with "'.'"J 1 
sports and personality shows 

Biggest V-.l . assignment goes to 
GS variety department,, which is 
called upon to . do 43 productions 
each with a cast, of. 8 to 15. perform- 
ers. Plan calls for, 12- legit: musicals 
. each with a .'east of 2Q to 40:, Harry 
Krtvit has returned from a trip 
, through the .sou h and midwest in 
search, of -talent for this program. 

Legit dept., headed by Robert H. 
Gordon, will also do 12 shows, 
"scripts of which are . still 'to- be sc- 



This Week's Footfall 

By TKI) 1IUS1XG ; 



WINNER LOSER 

College 

Boston College. . NYU 

.SMUV-.... 1 .' 1 , 



West Va . . 



Columbia 
Cornell 
Navy , . 
Penh . ... 
Pitt 

Alab ma . 
Florida , , 
Georgia 
ha. State;, 
Indiana ; 
Notu Dame. 



Okla AMV1 . 
. Syracuse 
; Bueknell- 
.Michigan ■ 
i Yale; :; .V \v 
, Princeton 
. Ptnn St.'tc 
No. Carolina 
, Mich. State 
. so: Carolina . 
, Vandtrbilt 
. Kentucky 
Tex A-M 
. Nebraska 
Dartmouth 



Ohio State, . . . . v Wisconsin 
Texas- OU-Ui. 



leeted. Casts will, contain, a top of , ]\' ce • 
18. Dick Campbell, head of the No- ! °. re ci )n •• • • - 
gro show dept., is to do six variety 1 waslFington ... 
shows, " .- - 1 , Holy Cross.. .,. 

Felix Brcntono will do that show . 
tinder Camp- Shows',. apspiees. Other 
musicals skedded for the V-J pro- 
gram include Mike Todd's "Up in 
Central Park," -Chocolate Soldier;' 
"Gingham, Girl" and "Panama 
Hattie." Others are still to be 
selected. . /.■■V'V 1,1 ■■' >." ■ 

■Legiters- so far picked inelnde 
1'Late Christopher Bean," "Village 
Green," "Three Men on a Horse." 
. "Kind Lady." "Petticoat Fever;" 
. "What 1 a Life:*' ■ ,«: 



Bears ;.../, 
Boston ...... 

Phila. ...... 

Green Bay s . 
Washington 



Tulane ■ 
. Ore. State 
, Wash: St. • 
. Villanova 

Pro "; 
. Cards? " 
. Giants 
, Detroit 

Clove. 
. Pitt : 



ODDS 

• 6-5 

8- 3 

■ 1 a-5 
t>-5 
13-5 

.7-5 

2-1 

2-1 

-I' 1 8-5 
: 2-1 

9- 5 

8- 5 
Even 

4-1 
13-5 
2-1 
2-1 

9- 5 
8-5 
2-1 

'."■"v^V 

4-1; 
6-5 

■:. 2-1 

2-1 
4-1 




Mrs. Brandt Heads 
Revamped Eastern 
Metro Story Dept. 



J72nd WEEK ! 

KEN MURRAY'S 

"BLACKOUTS OF 1945" 
El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood, Cal. 

"rftage entertainment at its best. 
lllark.Mits' has evei \ thing a good 
musical should have," 

EDGAR BERGEN. 



++ H ♦♦♦»♦♦♦♦♦♦» » ♦ ♦ ♦ » ♦ ♦♦♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ f t * * ♦ M » »♦+,»+ 

I SCULLY'S SCRAPBOOK If 

♦♦««♦♦♦*♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ By Frank 



Hylton Due in Dec. 

Jack Hylton arrives from London , 
around Xmas. I Carol Brandt, head ot the dept. 

The ex-maestro how a prominent ' Howard Hoyt steps up as play dept. 
legit producer and theatre-owner, : head with Julie Heine, formerly ;n 
was to have come to New York tnis j charge, remaining as special advisor 



Keenan Wynn-Ball 
Radio Idea Gets Nix 
From Metro's Mayer 

:' Hollywood. Oet, 9. 

' That Keenan Wynn-Lueille Ball 
radio package that A. & S. Lyons 
had all Wrapped up tor potential 
sponsorship is all off. Louis B. 
Mayer, Who has the two pic stars 
under wraps for Metro, says no 
dice. Similar Mayer edict, it's re- 
called, also snafued the .Judy Gar- 
land air show which; despite its high 
cost, aroused considerable interest 
among bankrollers. I Since then 
Miss Ball has gone off the M-G coll? 
tract list, biit Wynn is still tied.1 

It appears that when news of the 
Wynn-Ball package deal got around, 



■ Metro's eastern 'story 1 dept., i'l 
process of 'sbakeup for same .weeks, 

h,is how been reorganized by Mrs. f-other Metroites who were being ro 



month, but "pressure of London pro- 
duction activity is keeping him 
there.' - : . : ,. J .'.--'-. ; v ''•'■■'■•' ; .-- ,: '..;"' 



and consultant. 

Mrs. Brandt heads the scenario 
dept and Olin Clark, continues as 
story e'd. Allen Marple, who joined 
Metro a week ago fas revealed ex- 
clusively in -Variety ' Sept. 26), will 
be personal asst. to Mrs. Brandt 



manced for radio said "how come? 
in pointing to Mayer's nix on their 
own shows, with the resultant 
Mayer-to-Lyons communique to call 
the whole thing off. 



'S 

SET FOR 2 PIX AT 20TH 

Alan Young, the Canadian come- 
dian who has clicked on U. S. com- 
mercial radio, is set for at least two. 
pictures in '46 with 20lh-Fox Film 
on an option term contract. First 
must be made in February and the 
second, by September. 1946. His first 
will be with Jeanne Grain in a -script 
■ by Ruth McKlnneyp-tv-rW <4HrifeMW4tf 



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CURTIS MITCHELL'S 
1ST PLAY ON B'WAY 

Washington, Oct. 9. 

Col. Curtis Mitchell, head ol, the 
Pictorial, Division of Army Public 
Relations, is out of the Army. 
Mitchell; who came - from Triangle 
Publications, is how readying a play 
on servicemen abroad, lor Broad- 
way production. Mitchell owns a 
quarter interest in the show which 
he has written. Before the war he 
doctored several plays, but this is 
the first he has done in entirety. 

Mitchell was succeeded in the 
War Dept. spot by Lt. Col. Gordon 
iUiavthnut, also a former Triangle 1 



'•'■■ : ' ;S ; i-'^:! '"iZ C''' TWttermundo. Oct. 7. ■;'■ 

On our hill above Hollywood is the first swimming pool ever built i n a 
town which now has more pools and lew»er swimming days than any place 
on earth. . Years ago it belonged 1 to Fraitcis-X. Bushman. In time it stum- 
bled, fumbled; and dried. Then a Trottermunrio, a globetrotter named Elias 
Burton Holmes, came upon it. He rehabilitated it, changed the name of 
the estate to "Topside," and filled the pool anew* A charming neighbor, 
he invites the kids around tor a daily- dip and thanks the parents for u t- 
ting them come. '.r ..■,''-,";", f] '{$ ;■■:■: 

When vandyked showmen take to Hollywood swimming pools at 75 be. 
fore taking to the road on their "'32nd, Big Year" I. want to know how 
they've managed it. At Columbia i the college, not the wheel ) t hey used 
to give a course which showed how some people survived change, while 
others went under because they were not adaptable to change. I doubt if 
Burton Holmes ever took the ; course, but after watching htm perioi'm 
through the years. 1 believe he could' have taught it. 

Catching htm the other evening at a class joint called the Wiltshire- ' 
Ebell, I could see that his act had changed considerably with the, years. 
The beautifully hand-colored lantern slicfes were no longer sandwiched 
between black and white reels The whole job now was. 16mra. and color, 
flawlessly shot, cut and projected, A two-hour show, it had an intenrussioti 
after which the lecturer, with his white tie and' tails and boaiHtf'ully 
triinmed white goatee, went on to a fast finish. v * 
' Millfon-nollar ;.MHeas*;.-.-//'-V 

The only thing that hasn't changed is his capacity to: fill those long t ows 
of seats. The place was SRO.. I counted the house. At $1.80 top, I gave 
him $100,000 on 150 lectures for the season. In 50 years that looks like 
$5,000,000, and all because he liked to go places and see things 

His education wasn't even academic, though at six he ran away from 
home and was found in a school, By the time he was 16 he had said 
goodbye to all that for his grandmother had taken him on his first lour ol 
Europe. Why , he always saw the rosy side of, things 1 neyer knew .until 
recently. It seems that the first place he ever put his foot on foreign soil 
was Ireland. That transformed him into an incurable romantic 

Millions of service men and women are coming home fed up with many 
of those romantic places. One marine, viewiflg the Statue ot -Liberty s 
face said, "From now on*I only want to look at her from behind.'' But hi. 
a year or two they will begin to yearn for One more peek at the outside 
world, and that's where Trottermundo Holmes will come in again. Mean- 
while the old guard will keep his pool in chlorinated water — provided he 
stays away from Toledo, Cleveland. Indianapolis, Cincinnati and, above 
all, Pomona. .,- ' .- ' =>: : , V '.''.' "■".'' .- 

-..:,-,■..:-.,'':■■' Oh, Pomona! 

Chicago, Now. York, Philadelphia, Boston and Los Angeles are big league 
and '.Holmes has always found them so. In fact his top gross through the 
years was $2,500 : f or one Saturday matinee in Boston, and his worst pan- 
cake was another. Saturday mat in Pomona, which yielded . exactly nothing. 
The manager explained the zero as if for all the world he'd been a college, 
tackle. "The gross ts so low," he said, "because nobody ain't came ' 

San Francisco, too, still is cold to the Holmes far-flung culture lie never 
tried to crack it until recent years and then had the misfortune to run into 
the San Francisco opera season as opposition. So this year he decided to 
go in ahead of the songbirds. He talked Henry Curraii' into, giving, hun 
the house on a rental-plus-percentage basis for a week and booked six 
night.shows and two matinees into the legit house. Nobody before ever 
dared book a travelog like a road company, but that's what. I'm trying to 
tell you about this pace-setter. There's no pace like Holmes'. His week 
at the Curran included the lilting of gas rationing, V-J Day and Labor Dav. 
"I don't know how Ciirran will judge the figures,' 1 he said, "but I came 
out all right. At least it was better tor me than battling' the opera season. " 
' • ' tContiniied on page 27) '■'.'■ 



with manager Fraiik Cooper, who 
first discovered Young on the CBC 
networks, that whenever the come- 
dian's show originates, tram :the 
Coast , the studio pays the transpor- 
tation costs of the entire radio unit 
from and back to N. Y. 

Young will not do his radio spe- 
cialty but a straight juvenile role. 
He has approval ot story, material, 
under the deal which Cooper anf 
Joe Moskowitz, 20th-Fox veepce, set 
up, First film calls for a 6-10 week 
commitment. . • .' ';-'.' 

Young's Hollywood pact is linusiial 
in that he went direct from radio 
to pix: without any stage or' rtitery 
interludes. 



Chi Series Get $100 

■ ' Chicago. Oct. 9. 

A. set of three grandstand tickets 
Cor the World Series , got $.100. last 
week— $01.65 more than they cost at 
the b.o That's atmost .1.000% higher 
thru speculators here have, ever got- 
ten for Series pasteboards in the 
past. They also got anywhere from 
$125 to $150 for box seats, depending 
on location. Official take for latter 
is $21.95 a set for all boxes, regard- 
less of location *• 

Brokers are within the law, of 
course, since there's,, no law : against 



the price they get on the back of 



fs. . - . ... .. . . t 'l'llis iiil'oriiiatiiin is, riVrsuiri il 

. from ..laily :iiiihlli'alion.r*ohly. I - ■ . -' 
llilt'olil Hfielii. " 
litisiim s .Mti.ti' i»i' 
Su nni to ,-' ttiT suiisefilieit liel'oft: iue this 
1st ilttyiif Oe'ijlw. -, If 15. -,,' 

' .'• -, Xnl'hait»N"iv.hi'aii, .: ■ 
..Votary t'nliiie ,\'.» tit. 
(My f oniniNsitifi |iift s Jfa roll i>). tiiffi ) 



that price,' What makes the whole 
tln.ng funny, however, is -the fact 
that the Cubs have stamped Oil the 
backs of tickets a warning agaifist 
selling over the marked price. 



Crosby's Anti-Atomic 
Bomb Defense Doubted 

'V.'., Chicago, Oct, 9. 

Eight of the scientists who worked 
on the atom bomb are trying to scut- 
tle the claim made by the Crosby 
Foundation that the latter has a de- 
fense against the atomic bomb. Larry 
Crosby, prcz of the Foundation, and 
brother of Bing Crosby, announced 
this week that the defense apparatus 
Was so easy, atomic bombs can be 
detonated even though one didn't 
know their whereabouts 

Larry Crosby took, exception to 
the Chicago scientists' remarks. 
"How can they say Our defense won't 
work if they don't know what it is:'" 
he -asserted,...' .; v; 



As No. 2 'Harvey' Lead 

Brock Pemborton has designs on 
Jack Haley for the No. 2 company 
Of "Harvey," to re-create the Frank 
Fay original. "; ■ • \- 

Haley is too tied up in radio and 
pix and seemingly disinterested but 
the producer will discuss it with 
him— and others— on his- this week's 
Coast trip. ■-' ' '.::. '■ 



The Berle-ing Point 

By Milton Berk 



i\ Boston, :Oct; "ftS, 

"Spring- in Brazil" opened in Boston last Monday night. On Tuesday 
morning I jumped out of bed. . ; ;_i'ead JX!^;.******^ ^ mped ight back info 
bed .". , Only one critic realty liked the show." . " :a 4tdn t couic.^Elhot 
-Naiten.-saidf^In »*bts ^^ i -^9^^-«ie^^yit^^'i^ii. can" ha'v e h i in " ... . 
that's a swell way to say I'm a ladies' man, . .Of course, the thing that 
really, disturbed me was the- review in "Variety" . . .If that's how "Variety'' 
treats its staff members — I'm glad 1 I'm not writing for Billboard. . . But 
seriously, "Spring in Brazil" is a swell show with a load of swell people. 
It's being completely restaged. and when it gets to New York the reviews 
will be much different. Lee Shubcrt hasn't , said anything .Oh, well, 
options speak louder than words! . 



CREAM OF WIT: 

Grayson Publishers mianteil with a department store up here to 
have me autograph eopies of my book, "Out ot My Trunk." I didn't 

do so well with the book— but I sold 1.400 fountain pens .Boston 

schools have become more progressive. If you take. Latin, they throw 
in six samba lessons. ...lack Benny knows a Hollywood actress who 
has become so exclusive iShe's hired a naturalist who does nothlnr but 
keep her family tree in good condition. 



KANIN POLISHING PLAY 

Washington. . Oct. 0. 

Capt. Carson Kanin went on ter- 
minal leave last week, which means 
he is out of the Army. He is now 
here working with Robert E. Sher- 
wood polishing, the tatter's hew 
play, "The Rugged Path," prior to 
its Broadway engagement. Kanin 
has staged the production. 

TWO scenes have already- been 
lifted and two others substituted. 



MAIN. STEM ML'RMURIKGS: ■ \ w 

(Tteo Sottgwnten ChtUide the Brill Building, N Y.) ... 

FIRST SONGWRITER: O.K so you got your first royaUy check -u'hut 
arc you Complotiiing nbont? 

SECOND SONGWRITER: plenty! JTieu're,' tn«fcitfff we-'UKi ii in, copiw- 
of my song, '. . . ' ■•,.'.:'■;',. '".-; ;. ..■ ■,"..■.'-'■-. '.-.'•, :■':] 



OLD MOKES AT HOME: 

I don't, know if the Shubett theatre tip here is old but Paul Beveie is 
working, the lights. . The moths in Adolphe Menjou's closets are so fussy— : 
they insist upon finger-bowls When they're through. . .Twentieth. Ceitttuyr 
Fox informs me that they are going to name new actors after Reuben's 
sandwiches.. . .Saw a picture here the other night that is so bad Ihey'ie 
sending the leading man around with it. He; stands in the lobby ai.ler 
the picture and apologi/.es. I'm very disappointed 1 in Hammerstein and 
Rodgers. Here it is Oct. 9 and they haven't turned out a musical all 
month. . :." ::V.' ,- -. ■:..;•'»;.' :•'. i; 4 ''V " ; 



PO 'AHEM 
A guy who'll always fate my hisses, 
Is he who tells but never kisses! 



THERE'S NO TRUTH TO THE RUMOR: 

That Nelson Eddy's doctor pal him on a diet, .He can sing oiiiu «>"« 
chorus of '•Shortmn* Bread-'r^-ihe rest l?as to be in Ry-Krisp. . -That, «<>!' 
Rogers' pajmms have bnilt^n spurs, . That Gene Kelly is ■iak'n </ itaw mi) 
lessons iroin Arthur tylurray* ; .That the Theatrical Phutniacii is so crowded 
these days that ilou've got to lwi:e an agent to get a mailed. (For tt < 'i»- 
colete float, you have to be eirclttsiuetj/MCA) . , .-. That Cholly Knkl<crbock?r 
depends on Jackie Miles for his scoops , . .That tfon can get a .rompi-d* ■ 
dinner at 21: for $2i , , SttWt iay C. t'lippen has his hair Htsiffed «<;'/< »s', 
J'orest fires... ■■ ,''." : '."- . -.!.-,: 



Wednesday, October 10, 1945 



P&R1ETY 



PICTURES 



HEAVY VIOLENCE MARKS STRIKE 



Foreign Protection to U.S. B.O. 

If, as and when, the French and other foreign film situation rights 
iiself, American producers see it as a state offense in those countries 
to give false returns on admissions. 

Under the French system, the control of tickets, with a record of 
how many printed, sold, etc., is in official hands, and thus a film dis- 
tributor has an almost Infallible check on the number of admissions 
whenever playing on percentage. Any monkeying with theatre-stubs, 
etc., is tantamount to counterfeiting the national currency, since the 
government has a stake via the tax precentages, and thus the gyp is 
kayocd. ' .■•".. 



Film Tax Probe Stepped Up by Arrival 
Big-Wigs; 110 Suits for $30,000,000 Seen 



Hollywood. Oct. 9. ♦ 
Arrival yesterday (8) of Joseph D. 
Nunan, Jr.. U. S. Commissioner of 
Internal Revenue, brought more 
pressure to the bureau's probe of in- 
come tax returns made by Holly- 
wood film names and independent 
film producers. 

Nunan was accompanied to the 
Coast by Norman D. Cann, deputy 
commissioner in charge of the in- 
come tax unit; J. P. Wenchel. chief 
counsel of the bureau for this area: 
and George Martin, head of the de- 
partment's intelligence division, on 
the probe's progress here. 

As previously reported, the "Gov- 
ernment has been investigating film 
tax returns with regard to indi- 
viduals' statements on their cor- 
porate earnings, and the outcome is 
expected to be the filing of more 
than 110 suits to recover more 
than $30,000,000 in back taxes. 
Taxes would be due under personal 
holding company regulations, which 
do not permit individuals to malic 
tax returns on capital gains if a cor- 
poration has less than six faonuffde 
stockholders. 

Check into Hollywood tax returns 
is part of the most far-reaching in- 
vestigation ever staged by the Bu- 
reau ol Internal Revenue. Probe I 
not only covers film names but; in 
another phase, is delving into black 
market operations and tax evasions | 
that resulted. Nunan declared that 
criminal prosecutions, as well as 
suits for millions of dollars in taxes 
and penalties, may develop. 
' Some of the particular targets of 
the investigation are producing units 
formed to make a single picture, in 
which stars and others were "sold" 
stock that was later "bought back" 
at high prices, with the increase 
listed as capital gains on income re- 
turns... If.. 'Abe bureau. .clainsss;, dpwn 
on this ."subterfuge,-'- taxes .would 
jump from 25?? to 8o?r. " aha" leave 
many producers, stars, directors and 
others open to tax suits running into 
millions. 

■ Nunan and his aides leave today 
(9) tor San Francisco, and from 
there proceed to Reno to continue 
perfecting machinery to investigate 
profits in the black market and speed 
the settlement of the liabilities in- 
curred by business organizations 
during wartime. ■ • . 



Schines' Hotels 

Because of the pressure put on 
their circuit by the Government 
anti-trust suit filed several years 
ago, and reportedly anticipating 
•the. worst, the Schine Bros., J. 
Myer and Louis W., decided to 
dip deeply into the hotel busi- 
ness; 

They have invested heavily in 
various large hostelries, includ- 
ing the Roney-Plaza, Miami 
Beach; Bocan Raton at Boca 
Raton, Fla.; Ten Eyck, Albany, 
etc. 

Circuit, one of the largest 
among indie, operates in N. Y. 
state. Ohio, Kentucky, Delaware 
and Maryland. 



Plane Factory As 
Hughes' Pic Studio 

Howard Hughes, who has been 
working with the U. S. Government 
on a cargo plane which measures 
three city blocks long and costs 
around $14,000,000 to build, will 
eventually turn the plane factory 
into a Hollywood film studio. He is 
anxious to return to picture pro- 
duction. ' 

The planes would be turned out 
elsewhere and. incidentally, it's de- 
signed to fly an average boatload of 
freight to Europe, getting there in a 
day instead of a week. 




'Unfavorable And- Trust Decision 
SHUT FOURTH DAY ^ Would Doom Film Biz -Proskauer 



Hollywood, Oct. 9. 

Production at Warner Bros, shut 
down completely as the fourth day 
of mass picketing opened with in- 
dividuals attempting to pass lines 
but with no mob violence. Although 
studio hauled in grips, electricians 
and laborers all night long, while 
lines were non-existent, and also 
those who got in yesterday Mon- 
day stayed overnight at the studio, 
nevertheless production is stalled 
because four top IATSE groups 
(cameramen, soundmen, laboratory 
technicians and costumers) re- j 
fused to pass lines and enter studio. 

Some 300 massed pickets are hold- i 
ing forth at the main gate and sev- 
eral. roving squads of huskier pickets, ] 
ranging away for several blocks, are | 
stopping cars and preventing any 
from getting near the studio. Squads 
also spotted 15 or 20 non-strikers 
who were seen inside the studio 
yesterday (Mon.) standing among 
onlookers and gaVe them a heavy 
battering. Herbert Green, an assist- 
ant director, Who, strikers claimed, 
was up on the roof of the studio 
Monday (8), throwing things at 
pickets, was found aud given a se- 
vere beating. He had to be sent to 
the hospital. In many cases members 
of the squads gave the roughing 
treatment and either let non-strikers 
go or else turned them over Jo the 
Burbank police charging them with 
breaking peace. 

Burbank police are the only ones 
present today on the outside, L. A. 
police and sheriffs being absent. 
Plenty ol observers present are 
watching with representatives of 
Screen Writers Guild arid Citizens 
Committees of Doctors, Lawyers, 
etc., on hand after serving notice 
they would be present to see just 
what went on. Although pickets have 
been out since 5 a.m. There has been 
no mass attempt to cross the line by 
non-striking groups and no sorties- 
' (Continued on page 18) 



A Trailer? 

"Minneapolis, Oct. 9. . 

The Gopher, Minnesota Amus. 
Co.'s loop first-run house, will 
celebrate an anniversary week 
Oct. 25. For its attraction it has 
chosen the Monogram picture, 
"Divorce." 

AH of which is giving rise to 
many . quips in local show- cir- 
cles. ■ ' ' ' ' " ' *r ; 



BALABAIiWEST, REAGAN 
TO FOLLOW NEXT MONTH 

Barney Balaban, president Of 
Paramount, i„ schcdiiled to leave for. 
the Coast today (Wednesday) to 
View iiew product and hold general 
studio huddles. He usually goes out 
aboul this time of the year, . 

Later on,, probably late next 
month. Charles M. Reagan, v. p. over 
sales who. meantime, is busy on the 
Victory Loan Drive, will visit the 
Coast Par studio and also probably 
•make* various, exchange stops. 



De Cicco With Mike Todd? 

Hollywood, Oct, 9. 

Pat De Cicco, Hollywood agent 
prior to entering the service and. 
former husband of Gloria Vandcr- 
bilt Stokowski, may be aligned With 
Mike Todd when latter starts film 
production chores at Universal. De 
Cicco was recently discharged from 
the Army. ' 

Todd recently concluded a four-- 
year deal .with film firm and will 
how with Edna Fcrber's "Great Son" 
«> Technicolor. 



OF LARGER STUDIO SITE 

Hollywood, Oct: 9. 
Purchase of a new studio site and 
establishment of a foreign distribu- 
tion setup were the chief subjects 
under discussion at Columbia Pic- 
tures board «ot directors* annual 
meeting, held here instead of New 
York this year because of Harry 
Conn's inabiliiy to go east at this 
time. 

Golumbia lot on Cower street is 
inadequate for. the company's filming 
program, even with the rental ot 
added space for overflow production 
on other lots. Cohn's proposal is, to 
buy a site in the Hollywood ' zone 
large enough for about 24 sound 
stages, at a total cost of about $10,- 
000,000 lor ground, buildings and 
equipment. . " . 

New studio project is being sub- 
mitted to a seven-man •■committee 
composed of Harry Colin. Jack Conn. 
Abe Montague^ Nate Spingold, Abe 
Schneider, Donald Stralcm and Ted 
Blancke, with Charles Schwartz, 
cftfopany; attorney, handling • the 
legal problems; 

Directors also held long discus? 
sinns on postwar expansion in for- 
eign fields which will necessitate Co- 
lumbia . distribution offices vin vari- 
ous parts ot the world. 



Shirley Temple's 'Spring' 

Hollywood, Oct. 9. 

Shirley Temple's first starring 
chore since she became a matron 
will be "Suddenly It's Spring." Willi 
Joseph Cotton as the male star. 

Sidney Sheldon is doing the 
screenplay to be produced by Dure 
Senary under the David O. Selznick 
banner, starting in November. 



See Warners Back 
In MPPDA Fold 



Hollywood, Oct. 9. 

The Producers Association held a 
meeting; yesterday to discuss the 
strike situation and declared, "de- 
spite the lawlessness, production will 
continue at full capacity. Our long- 
range policy his been determined 
after careful consideration. We ex- 
pect to have an important statement 
tomorrow." , 

Jack Warner and Carroll Sax, 
Warners' studio manager, atiended 
the meeting and gave a detailed re- 
port of the Monday morning clashes. 
Producers declined to issue informa- 
tion on what "important statement" 
might be made but sources indicate 
it might include announcement that 
Warners was returning to member- 
ship in the Association and MPPDA. 



Sweeping Buff 
Decision Rules 

m 4 ( mm m lieaas not ) 

SchineMononoly. 

~". *•*"?"; Buffalo," Oct. 9. " 

In a sweeping 50-page decision 
handed down here Monday (8), co- 
incident with the opening in New 
York City of the Government's case 
against five major distributors, Judge 
John Knight of Federal district 
court held the Schine Theatre com- 
panies an unlawful combination, 
guilty of conspiracy, monopoly and 
restraint of trade. 

By the terms of the court's deci- 
sion the Schine interests are en- 
joined (1) from monopolizing the 
supply of national first-run films in 
any situation where there is ■com- 
peting theatre suitable for first run 
exhibition thereof, and from mono- 
polizing the supply of second-run 
films in any situation where there is 
a suitable theatre for second run 
exliibtions thereof. ':■' .;. 

(2) From demanding or receiving, 
clearance over theatres 'operated by 
other persons which clearance un- 
reasonably restricts the ability- of 
those persons to compete with the 
theatres operated or controlled by 
the Schine interests. ' ■ 

<3J From conditioning thie- licens- 
ing of the films in any competitive 
situation (outside of Buffalo. N. Y.) 
(Continued on page 8) 



Jack Warner and Carrol Sax, War- 
ner Bros, studio manager, attended 
a special meeting of the Association 
of Motion Picture Producers and 
the Motion Picture Producers & Dis- 
tributors of America over the week- 
end, indicating an early return of 
Warners to membership in both or- 
ganizations. . : , 

Main purpose of the meet was to 
discuss plant protection and inter- 
change of studio police during the 
current strike flareup. Understood 
the heads of the other lots offered 
cooperation if mass picketing contin- 
ued. Session confined to lawyers and 
execs with producer-labor relations 
heads not invited to attend. 

the first time Warners' reps 
led in an Association" mrt- 
vn^ifcsv^noUc" of withdrawal was 

ly believed Warners will make for- 
mal reentry into Association and 
MPPDA after Eric Johnston, new 
MPPDA chief, comes to the Coast to 
establish local offices. Latter is ex- 
pected here some time this, or early 
next week. 



Nick Schenck on Metro 
Lot for Product Meets 

Hollywood. Oct. 9. 
Nicholas M. Schenck has arrived 
from the east and went into huddles 
With Louis B. Mayer; William F. 
Rogers and Howard'-'Dictz yesterday 

<8i. "■ /■• : : • /•".' 

Huddles concern sales aiui promo- 
tion of eighf of Metro's films due 
Jot early release. 



ERIC JOHNSTON DUE 
ON COAST NEXT WEEK 

Eric Johnston, new head of the 
Motion Picture Producers & Dis- 
tributors Assn., is scheduled to visit 
the Coast in about a week or 10 
days. It will be his first visit since 
taking the top executive spot with 
the MPPDA. Need for settling the 
long-standing union jurisdictional 
fight at the studios likely will oc- 
cupy his attention at first, 

Johnston, who has been in Wash- 
ington working on foreign , and leg- 
j islative matters most of the time 
i since being named MPPDA prexy, 
may be in Hollywood when steps 
i are taken to fill the Association of 
i Motion • Pictures post of vice-presi- 
j dent, now held by Fred Bcetson. 

Latter has. been virtually inactive 
j for the last two years because of 
[ bad health, arid producers are re- 
ported as being in favor ot having 
an active officer in .this important 
post. Eddie Mannix is" proxy. 



By I.YI.E STUART 

The anti-trust suit against the pic- 
ture industry went into its third day- 
today (Wed. > with Assistant Attorney 
General Robert L, Wright further 
to ii. - :,; tile Government's case in 
N. Y. federal district courjt, in which 
the .U. S. charges Paramount, 
Loew's, RKO, Warners, 20th-Fox, 
Columbia, Universal and United 
Artists with monopoly and a con- 
spiracy to violate the Sherman act. 

Wright, pressing for absolute di- 
vorcement by the "Big Five" or ma- 
jor pix companies from their $63,- 
000,000 theatre holdings, told "Va- 
riety" that his .'presentation' would 
be completed in the early part of 
next week. Wright stated that he will 
be satisfied with nothing but com- 
plete separation of the companies 
from, their theatre holdings: will 
agree to no compromise. Col.. UA 
and U, of course, own no theatres. 

The judges have taken under ad- 
visement a motion to recess for three 
weeks following completion of the 
Government's case, and are expected 
to pass on the motion today (Wed.). 
Their attitude is characterized by 
Judge Hand, who said to the collect- 
ed defendants' legal staffs: "You are 
(Continued on page 20) 



PRC'S INDIE PACKAGE 
PRODUCTION EXPANSION 

Reeves Espy. v.p. in charge of pro- 
duction of PRC Pictures, is en route 
to the Coast to seek new producers 
and to study independent package 
deals for their possibilities at the 
boxoflice. He'll stop off at Detroit, 
Chicago and possibly Kansas City 
on the way. 

Proxy Kenneth M. Young states 
PRC already has completed 15 of its 
46 scheduled pictures for 1945-46. 
Young said that PRC is entering its 
biggest expansion period, has plans 
to make it a major company. 



GENE MARKEY'S TOP HATING 

Washington, Oct. 9. 

President Truman has nominated 
Capt. Gene Markey, head of the 
Navy Photographic Services, to be 
a Commodore -in the Naval Reserve. 
It will give Markey the highest serv- 
ice ,rank achieved by any Holly- 
wooder in uniform. 

It will be, in effect, his retirement 
rank, since Markey wiU, ijet out and 
back to pictures vor^.-«Wi^5;'; - ' - 




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Einf eld's Metro Dicker 

Hollywood. Oct. 9. 

Charlie Einfeld is negotiating with 
Metro "fof-'a producer post, with the 
deal progressing, but still in an in- 
conclusive stage. 

While conferences are going on, 
Einfeld is understood to have other 
studio offers under consideration. 



INDEX 

Bills 49 

Chatter . ............... 55 

Film Reviews..,. .......... 8 

Foreign ......... 16 

House Reyiews. 50 

Inside Legit 54 

1 Inside Music, ................ 45 

Inside Orchestras 45 
Inside Pictures. . . . . . .... . . . 22 

Joe Laurie. . . . . , .'. . . . , — 22 

Legitimate .....,,.,....,.<. 51 

Literati . .'/ '. .. 22 

Milton Berle .. .. ... . ... 2. 

Music 39 

New Acts . . . . , .... . . . . . .\ . . . 50 

Night Club Reviews. . . . . ... -.49 

Obituary ............... . . 54„ 

Orchestras . . "• 39 

Pictures ?. 

Radio . . .-. ........ 28 

Radio Reviews 31 

Frank Scully 2 

Unit Reviews 48 

Vaudeville 47 



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PICTURES 



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We«Wft«]ay r October 10, 1915 



Reveal Detailed Plans on Rims 
To Be Supplied Civilian Germans 



Detailed plans for furnishing film* 
fntertaimnent to occupied Germany 
have just been 'learned, -with the re- 
turn to the U. S. of Davidson Taylor, 
former CBS broadcasts director. The 
program is strictly for the German 
civilian population, not. for Anicd 
occupation troops. It is also strictly" 
part of a re-education program, ac- 
cording to Taylor. -Were not out 
to entertain the Germans.' lie said. 

Taylor was chief of the films, 
Theatre and Music. Control Section, 
serving as civilian aide under Brig. 
Gen.. Robert A. McClurc. who is 
chief of the Information Control Di- 
vision of U. S. Forecs EuropeanThc- 
alre (Gen. Eisenhower's command). 
As such, Taylor disclosed that there 
»re now -144 film houses in the 
American /.one. and in Berlin's 
American sector, that arc in operat- 
ing ■ condition, with 54 in Berlin 
alone. The British have about B40 
houses in their /.one and Berlin sec- 
tor; the French have about 350. The 
Russians have an estimated BOO. Not 
all 444 U S. houses, are beins op- 
erated yet, print situation prevent- 
ing.: ' 

The Allies are supplying feature?, 
documentaries- and shorts to their 
respective zones. The first programs 
given in the U. S. zone, Taylor re- 
vealed, were strictly documentaries 
and ncwsrcels. They didn't draw. 
The Germans claimed they had had 
enough of propaganda. So the U.S. 
•forces introduced features, which \ 



Cautious Now 

Personalities concerned in sev- 
eral proposed indie film produc- 
tion setups are reviving plans or 
vampin' until the Government 
rules on the capital-gains tax 
. structure. -" ' ; ■ •'. . ■' . ; 
It's now figured that it's not 
worth the bother if Uncle Sam 
kayoes the device* 



AMPA VICE MPPDA 

Eric Johnston Organization to Vote 
On New Tag in Nov. 



Export Ass'n, New Deal 
For Sherman; Discussed 
At 2-Day UA Board Meet 

Two-day session of United Artists 
board of directors last Wednesday 
and Thursday (3-4) was occupied; 
principally .with ironing out rami- 
fications of the Motion .Picture "Ex- 
port Assn. setup. Expected topics 
seemingly did not come in for any 
considerable . discussion, and no an- 
nouncement was made as to any 
I change , in Carl Leserman's status. 
Ijcserman left for the Coast Friday 
(5) still as general sales manager of 
the company. However, he's ex- 
pected to set a new deal -while pui 
there. •'. . 

Attention given to the Export 
Assn. setup was because each in- 
dividual producer releasing through 
UA is anxious to obtain his full 



While the Motion Picture Pro- 
ducers Si Distributors of America, 
Inc., lias asked the Secretary . of 
State at Albany, N. Y., to reserve 
the name, American Motion Picture 
Association, Inc., for subsequent 
charter as a membership corpora- 
tion, no action can be taken on 
changing the name until MPPDA di- 
rectors meeting next November. 

There lias been some talk of ob- 
taining a shorter title to cover the 
MPPDA, since the tag "Hays. Office", 
no longer is applicable with Eric 
Johnston at the helm. As a conse- 
quence, this means of protecting a 
potential title was taken. Not known 
whether the association directors 
would consider the new name in 
conflict with the Association of Mo- 
lion Picture Advertisers, which 
would have the same AMPA tag 
when abbreviated. 



not only drew Germans lo the | 

boxoffice, but in themselves have I Proportionate share of revenue from 
proved good propaganda. 

Exhibition of features in the 
American zone started July 30. Only 
American features with German sub- 
titles, and documentaries and news- 



reels with German sound-track, have 
been shown." The U. S. now has 21) 
features showing. 

British and Russians 
The British, who expect to have 12 
features showing in their zone by 
the first of the year, have only one 
there now. They will be exhibiting 
German pix primarily, which were 
made in the Nazi period, but are. 
now heavily censored. The French 
(Continued on page 20) 



Ben Bogeaus To 
Extend His Prod. 

I " h. ,'■:• : /■' ' '■■ 

Hollywood. Oct. 9. 
I Benedict Bogeaus, indie producer, 
is lining up his own roster of stock 
players, with his executive aide,. Ar- 
thur Landau, interviewing yoOng 
Ihesps for future Bogeaus pictures 
j and lor loanouts. Producer shoves 
off for. New York next week to in* 
| spect the .eastern field for potential 
I film talent. 

j He's, set to expand his activities 
1 and an important announcement is 
; soon due. . 



Don't Pull Out of Germany Too Soon 

pie German will to make war hasn't been changed under Allien ' 
occupation yet, said Davidson Taylor, former CBS director, who just 
returned from Germany. "The U. S. now enjoys a monopoly in tlie 
media of communications," he declared. "If we use it fight, if we also 
try '.'education, utilizing both for a long enough time, there's a good 
chance of making the Germans like peace instead of war, 

"If we pull out of Germany too soon and leave the country to it- 
self," Taylor continues, "it will -want to fight again. And we will have 
lost the war of ideas. We ought to stay in Germany a generation or 
more." :V • •"■' 



RKO Considers Refunding Subsid 
Debt Plus Redemption of Pfd. Stock 



j any country where the Export 
1 Assn. operates. The association 
I represents all . company members, 
| v/ilh . revenue obtained split accord- 
1 ing lo earnings scale of each cor- 
poration in. the association. . . 

Understood that a new deal with 
Harry Sherman, whereby the west- 
ern' producer would not make 
strictly outdoor pictures, has not yet 
i been finalized. 

Possibility of David O. Selznick 
j leaving the company also never 
reached the threatening stage. There 

appeared to be some doubt if Selz- Talk Q £ an extra dividend for 
nick would deliver "Duel in the paramount common stock, prevalent 
Sun,' according to inside report, but j h , Wall stl . eet m the ]ast few wee ks, 
I he still is committed to turn this j poims up the: fact that Par now is 



PAR, NOW HIGHEST PIC 
STOCK, MAY PAY EXTRA 



Mary Brian-Chas. Ruggles 
USO'd for Freed U.S. PW 

.'.•'< Hollywood. Oct. 9. 
Mary Brian and Charles Buggies, 
back from South Pacific USO tour, 
states the best audiences were the 
freed prisoners who "wouldn't let us 
off the stage." Pair agreed plriying 
for liberces was more than worth 
the disadvantages of trip. Both 
slated rainy season coming on. with 
downfall at least once daily during 
the show, although the rain is 

- in trip-n-hhrh" eo**/**-***-*'^^ 
Saipan, Tinian, Guam, Ulithis, Pelel- 
lieu and Okinawa, troupe consisted 
o£ two stars and Del Chain. Virginia 
Carroll. Amy Lou Welch. Lillia Gil- 
bert and Arthur Zepp. It was Miss 
Brian's third overseas hop and 
group was flown straight home from 
Okinawa. 



costly production over to UA for 
distribution. 

Mary Pickford and Geor; 
nail, Selznick's rep, both 
N. Y. for the sessions. 



e Bag- 
are in 



L. A. to N. 

Harry Ackermun. 
Mary Adams. 
Brian Ahcrne. 
■ Ethel Barry more. 
Wendell Corey. 
Fred de Cordova. 
Philip Dunne. 
John Fulton. 
Ted Gamble. 
Pat Geracci. 
Bob Gillham. 
John Griffith; r . 
Mark Hellingcr. 
Mann Holincr. 
William Kozlenko. 
Claire Leonard. 
Bill Lyon. ■:■ .'""• 

Jack Moss. •■'.• 
Seymour Neberizahl, 
Sid Rogell. 
Frank Sinatra. 
Florence Strauss. 
Charles Thai). 
Russell Wade. 
Perc West more. 



N. Y to L. A. 

Mr. and Mrs. Jules Alberti. 
Edward Alberlson. 
Ca'pt Harold Mclnickei - .. . 
Irving Rapper. 



SAILINGS 

Oct. 10 iN. Y. to London) Robert 
Schless i Mariposa). 



Police Disperse Kids 

Objecting to Prices 

Stevens Points, Wis.. Oct. 9. 
Police had to disperse a gang of 
several hundred schoolkids in Ste- 
vens Point, Wis., last week because 
of the moppets' threat to throw 



the highest-priced film company 
stock on the Big Board. It has sup- 
planted Locw's common as 1he most 
expensive shares on the N. Y. Stock 
Exchange, being priced at near $39 
per share while Loew's recently has 
been around $28. Basic reason for 
this quotation on Locw's, of course, 
is that it declined to around this 
figure when the shares were split up 
about a year ago. ' 

Par has been slashing its debt and 
building up large cash reserves in 
improving its financial position in 
recent years. Now figured that earn- 



Goodman Made Export 
Ass'n V.-P. Prior To 
Making Munich His HQ 

Morris Goodman, formerly for- 
eign manager for Republic., has been 
named a v. p. of the Motion Picture 
Export Ass'n., and leaves shortly for 
Germany where he will handle 
American product there for the 
Army. He has been loaned to the 
Information Control Division of the 
Office of Military Government in 
Germany. 

Also revealed that the Control Di- 
vision has selected .48 features to be 
shown in Germany, with the eight 
major companies now making prints 
of such pictures available. Good- 
man now is preparing to shove off 
tor Germany. . 

The Information Control Division 
has been reviewing American prod- 
uct over the iast several months, and 
requested these 48 for its purpose 
in the occupied territory. In antici- 
pation of the assignment Goodman 
has attended numerous meetings in 
Washington with representatives of 
the War and Slate departments to 
acquaint himself with— phases and 
problems pertaining to use of the 
U. S. film in the occupied territories. 

It was at the request of Brigadier- 
General Robert A. McClure. chief of 
the 'Control Division, that the Export 
Assn. agreed to loan Goodman. He 
will be associated with Fred J. 
Schwartz in supervising the distri- 
bution of U. S. pictures in the 
American zone, making Munich his 
official residence. That's where the 
old Bavarian Film Studios are in 
good shape for servicing print or- 
ders, etc. 

Canadian M.P. Would 



picket lines- around !>o\offices of the , 

town's two Bie-1tous«r unlcsK - adnrinh . .lffi^u»8» M n Mf^^ d&F£B*J& 
s were lowered, . ..sfud^lsT^^ 



(JtiOt. 



grade and high school age crowded ; ve:u ' 6F payment of an extra. How 



around the theatres, preventing pro- 
spective payees from entering, and 
police had to be called to break it 
up and unsnarl traffic in front of 
the buildings. 

Admishes the kids were objecting 
lo arc COc. at one house and a few 
cents less at the other. 



ever, recently the company has been 
l conservative in tipping payments, 
i preferring to use the money lo fur- 
j ther heighten its financial position. 



Canada's Tint Documentary 

Ottawa. Oct. 9. I 
The war's end cued production of ; 
Canadian government documentary j 
films in color. Mulled for some i 
months, actual color production got I 

under way in National Film Board i 8 difference in a 



Kibbee Buzzes Col. Winn 
As Ky. Derby Pic Idea 

Louisville. Oct. 9. 
During his engagement at the Na- 
tional, Guy Kibbee, rotund character 
man, made a social call on Col. Matt 
J. Winfi at Churchill Downs Satur- 
day i CfJr "Sn ared a 1 nice chunk of 
publicity and art, by his resem- 
blance to the Colonel. Aside from 
Col. Winn 



Penalize Pix Divorces 

Ottawa. Oct. 9. 
"A" progrcs-sh-e--b»m~BM- film.-: et»- 
p io'.v in g" r cti vbi'eeS ~pi7gGiTs'''l*uZ~<tifr- 
gested~in- Hie Canadian House of 
Commons by R. W. Gladstone, of 
Ontario. He said Canadians should 
feel alarmed at the increasing num- 
ber q£ divorces, and the great, of- 
fenders, so far as example is con- 
cerned, are moving picture actors 
and actresses. 

If they have a secojid divorce, he 
said, their films should be barred 
for one year. For two divorces, 
there should be a two-year ban 
placed on importation of their pic- 
tures through the Canadian customs, 
he said. ' ■ ' 



this fall with the initial release, just | ,s 84 ' l ? oth m , e " a . rc Poetically the 
completed/being "Salmon Cycle;" a'»^. m « 1'^. *™..>I e .'5,^, a !! y m man * 
one-reelcr on British Columbia 



salmon^ NFB is using Cinecolor 
blow-ups from Hi millimeter orig- 
ilials only in its "Canada Carries On" 
series. It's distributed in Canada by 
Columbia. Pictures. World In Action 
(United Artists) list stays black-and- 
white. .' 

"Cycle'' is set for' theatrical re- 
lease soon in 35 mm., with Color 
production getting under way on two 
more, "Arctic Summer" on Canada's 
Eskimos, and "Canadian Landscape," 
artists and painting, 



Goldwyn Revamps Studio 

Hollywood. Oct. 9. 

With three productions. "Glory for 
Me," "Earth and High Heaven" and 
"The Bishop's Wife" in preparation 
for his 1945-46 program, Samuel 
Goldwyn has started extensive al- 
terations on his studio. 

Rebuilding includes a new layout 
of offices for Goldwyn's production 
cabinet. Leon Fromkess, Marvin Ez- 
zell and Pat Duggan. 



ways it was remarked that Kibbee 
would be perfect casting for, the 
part of Co). Winn, should a film be 
made on the life of Die racetrack 
tycoon and the Kentucky Derby. 

.Winn has seen all of the Derbies 
since 1875. but lukewarm to Kibbee \s 
suggestion that such a pic be made. 
He did, however, offer Kibbee. slight 
encouragement, when he told him 
to come back in a few years, maybe 
in 1949, the year of the running of 
the .75th or diamond jubilee Ken- 
tucky Derby, and perhaps he would 
have a different answer.. Kibbee 
promised he would be at* Churchill 
Downs. 



Though Gladstone is a member of 
the Liberal parly that is in power, 
his suggestion, isn't getting support 
from the government. They say 
there are so many divorced persons 
in the movie industry that if the 
ban were imposed, it is doubtful if 
more than a handful of pictures a 
year could get through it. ; .' 



Statement, by Floyd B. Odium, 
chairman of RKO's board of direc- 
tors, this week that, officers and di- 
rectors of the corporation have been 
considering a plan for refunding the 
underlying debt of subsidiary com- 
panies and redemption of the out- 
standing preferred was taken as an 
explanation for recent sharp ad- 
vances of both shares on the Big 
Board; Odium stated that the plan, 
which contemplates both a refund- 
ing operation for subsids and re- 
demption of RKO preferred, had 
been under consideration for some 
time. How much of the plan would 
be adopted or exactly when it would 
be placed in effect was hot defin- 
itely stated .excepting that it would 
be before the end of the present 
year or sooii after. 

The common of RKO. has been 
selling lately around "$13 while the 
preferred last week went to $110, 
both reflecting belief that some re- 
demption program was neai ing con- 
summation. RKO has some 16,000 
preferred shares now outstanding, 
which are convertible into common 
on the basis of eight for one share 
of preferred. Preferred is callable 
at $105.. Hence, when the common 
goes above $13.12& per .share; the 
conversion looks a profitable trans- 
action. 

. It's believed in the industry that 
RKO might follow some such plan 
as used by Paramount on its last 
redeemed preferred, thereby elim- 
inating a big outlay of cash for re- 
demption of all outstanding prefer- 
ence shares. By .fixing a final date 
when the preferred is convertible 
into common, it has been possible to 
call in bulk of outstanding preferred 
and supplant with common. Thus, 
RKO might conceivably wind up 
by having to redeem only a fl'W 
thousand shares with remainder 
converted into common. : 

Many corporations have set their 
financial households in order by this 
method since it relieves them of the. 
burden of annual payments on the 
preferred while leaving the com- 
mon stock in line to benefit more 
quickly from profits shown by the 
company. 

theatre setups) structure always has 
been a financial headache, with ex- 
ecutives reputedly having felt for 
years that the entire structure 
should be simplified. Such simplifica- 
tion is understood to be contem- 
plated in the plans now being 
worked out. 

In financial circles, it was pointed 
out that it's significant that Atlas 
Corp., headed by Odium, now holds 
only common stock and option war- 
rants in RKO. Recent figures' of 
company reveal that Atlas held 
about 1,325.000 shares of RKO com- 
-roon-or around A6^_ bins abo ut 327.- 
000 option warrants. 



REP PLUGS RIVAL STATE 

; Holly vv.ood. Oct. !). 

California gets the brushoti' from 
Republic in its forlheomir.y Techni- 
color musical, "Florida." to be pro- 
duced under supervision of Allen 
Wilson, studio veepce. 

Unlimited-budget picture will be 
filmed almost entirely in the Alliga- 
j tor State, starling next spring. 



Advanced Opens Office 

I /',■ Hollywood, Oct, 9. 

Advanced Pictures Corp.. headed 
j by. Harold ; L. Baker, established 
offices in the California studios to 
make its first picture, "Heaven Only 
Knows." '.-'•■'■■" 

David Fleischer and Peter Tin- 
ttrrin will function as co-producers 
siiicf William Stephens as . general 
mai1at£er, Nathan Welling has been 
appointed to represent the company 
in New York. 



Many a Slip Between Chi 
Censors and the Screen 

-." Chicago. Oct. 9. 

Lobby display photos of Columbia's 
"1.00 1 Nights" at Balab'an & Kat/s 
Apollo show the Giant ' Rex In- 
gram) picking up Aladdin (Cornel 
Wilde) and Abdullah (Phil Silvers) 
with his thumb and index linger. On 
the screen, however, he never catches 
up with them, merely chasing them 
as they run for the entrance lo the 
cave. • ••'•■ v :'• . ;'.' ' 

Reason: Chi's police motion pic- 
ture censor board, which decided 
it, was too scary for Moppets. 



Eleanor Parker in 'Never' 

Hollywood, Oct. 9. 
Eleanor Parker joined Errol Flytiii 
and Ida Lupino.aS a' co-star in tlie 
Warner picture, "Escape Me Never." 
I-etiH- Godfrey directs and Henry 
I Bianke produces, 



Bergen Goes to Disney 

Hollywood, Oct. 9. 

Walt Disney inked Edgar Bergen 
to' star in "Jack and the Beanstalk." 
a combined live action and cartoon 
feature to be produced early next 
year. . • 

Deal calls for character roles by 
Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer 
Snerd, who will team up with a 
moppet, Luana Patten. 



Wednesday, October 10, 1945 



PICTURES 1 



BITS PROPAGANDA PIX PITCH 



Armed Forces' Training Films Cue 
Greater Use of Pix in Schoolrooms 



By MIKE CONNOLLY 

. Chicago, Oct. 9, 

Educational Alms — the cut-and- 
dried 16mm. schoolroom type, as 
opposed to FitzPatrick's romanti- 
cized travelogs. Hammond's old 
"Spice oi' the Program" shorts, etc. 
Uar'fc increasingly coming into -their 
oivn. 

Reason, of course, is plain: Armed 
Forces' use of training films during 
World War H speeded up the ac- 
ceptance of this "new teaching tool" 
by anvwhere from 10 to 20 years. 
Conservatives in the trade here say 
10: more enthusiastic gray beards 
sav 20. Not that it makes much dif- 
ference., because all a lot of the 
more- libera,' educators know is that 
their moppets of ' a few years ago 
have tinned into teen-agers . who 
think of' Alexander Graham Bell as 
Don. Amcche and of Thomas' A. 
Edison as Mickey Rooneyr— which is 
enough, proof for them that 20th 
Century-Fox and Metro have called 
the turn on Houghton ' Mifflin,"- Mac- 
niillan. G. P. Putnam and the other 
textbook publishers. 

Biggest of the educational film- 
makers at present is Encyclopedia 
Britanniea Films, Inc., which has a 
library of 250 sound and 240 silent, 
each averaging " about 10. minutes' 
running time. Long established and 
well known in the school field, the 
sound films were taken over by 
EBFI from A.T.&T. (Western Elec- 
tric i. and are known as the F.rpi 
''(Electrical' Research Products. Inc.) 
library. Silenls are the former. 
Eastman Classroom Films. 

Strictly Academic 

Films are strictly academic, with 
no advertising or promotion angles, 
because that's the way teachers 
want them. Latter group are. on the 
whole, suspicious of ventures into 
the Meld by Warners,. Metro, etc.. 
because they fear the entertainment 
guys have "an axe to grind." To 
give an idea, if a reel is about 
thermodynamics, title of the film is 
"Thermodynamics" — no more, no 
less. That's the way teachers 
like it. 

Films are accompanied by study 
guides— booklets that kids from 
kindergarten through college . can 
mull over in advance so they'll get 
an idea of what's coming up. Trail- 
ers, in other words. Publishers, be- 
(Continued on page 27 » 



Small-Sears Huddle 

Edward Small, independent pro- 
ducer, who has been releasing his 
pictures through United Artists 
since 1938. is currently in N. Y. for 
three weeks, during which it is ex- 
pected he will iron out distrib prob- 
lems with Grid Sears. UA sales v.p. 
Small's pact with UA expires in 
February.. 

Small for the. past couple of years 
has been producing medium budg- 
eted pictures. :' ... 





6M. FILM BALLY 

American industry is contemplat- 
ing widespread use of the 16mm. 
film in one of the greatest educa- 
tional and propaganda programs yet 
embarked upon by private enter- 
prise in the United States. After a 
four-year lag in the development of 
the industry's visual-education pro- 
gram, Big Business is readying to 
make up for lost time in propagan 
db.ing the benefits derived from the 
present industrial system. 

Industry feels that, embarkation 
upon this program is of utmost ne- 
cessity at this time.. It's figured that 
they must take measures to counter- 
act a series of liberal films seen by 
every GI in, the Army. The Army 
indoctrination and orientation 'films, 
produced with Office of War Infor- 
mation and other Government agen- 
cies, were often made with a "lib- 
eral" viewpoint which doesn't see 
things with the same slant as cer- 
tain big industry. 

As one source close to Big Busi- 
ness put it, "The Government-pro- 
duced films, seen by more than 12,- 
000,000 men, do not carry the slant 
that industry would have liked. If 

such liberal propaganda would' be boxoffiee slump is happening here, 
allowed to take its course, even more For example, since the close of hos- 
'liberal' measures which would cost ! tilities, Hhe 4,000-seat Radio City 
Big Business vast amounts of coin I theatre has had its two biggest 
would " inevitably result. Industry weeks since its reopening two years 
must counter with films projecting ago. with. ,a straight film policy, 
its own viewpoint" ..' | What's more, they came successively 

Big Business plans to use schools, I !fjf,^ek and the one before with 
fraternal, patriotic and civic organi- | 
zations along with traveling exhibi 



Fear Postwar Theatre Bu lding Spree 
Will Create Overseating Condition In 
Keys and Small Towns; N.Y. Projects 



♦ Much apprehension is voiced in 
the film business over a postwar 
theatre building spree, which, among 
other things, it is feared may re- 
sult in the creation of serious over- 
seating condtions in various keys as 
well as smaller situations. Smalltown 
exhibitors are worried about inva- 
sion of their communities by either 
locator outside interests who assume 
that the killing that is still being 
made by film houses will continue 
indefinitely. 

. Meantime, various smaller indies 
are reported looking around to see 
for themselves what spots lend them- 
selves to the erection of theatres, 
including towns which now do not 
have a picture house or others which 
might be able to support another. 

There is plenty money available 
for theatre building. "Not only do 
many independent exhibitors have 
j reserve capital for possible expan- 
j sion but financing from the outside 
j appears a relatively simple matter. 
Minneapolis, Oct. 9. , In N, Y. and surrounding territory 
Just the opppsite from a postwar considerable theatre building and re- 



Costumers Cancel Strike 

Hollywood, Oct. 9. 
Strike at Western Costumers was 
averted when the company agreecf 
to put into immediate effect the new 
contract with Motion Picture Studio 
Costumers, Local 705, retroactive to 
Sept. 24. 

Threat of strike arose when the 
company appealed to the National 
Labor Relations Board from ah ar- 
bitrators' decision and insisted on 
delay in putting the agreement into 
effect.. •;. '■'.' 



Mpls. Surprised 
At the Boff B.O. 



CENSUS OF FILM BIZ 

Idea of a sweeping industry sur- 
vey, which was' by-passed by. '.the 
Motion Picture Producers & Distri- 
butors Assn. nearly two years ago, 
has been resurrected bv Eric John- 
ston. MPPDA prexy. : He has ex- 
pressed himself as being in favor 
of a film business census or complete 
research study so that those in the 
industry^jntfy have accurate data 
•*»«WaSje at all 

It now looks as. though Johnston 
would favor developing the census 
within the so-called Motion Picture 
Institute, which he favors as one. of 
his constructive plans. 

Under the MPPDA public rela- 
tions alignment,: some census of the 
picture business was proposed about 
two years ago. It was discarded 
almost as quickly as first brought 
up. Arthur DeBra, who is MPPDA 
director of research, probably would 
head up the industry survey. Usual 
opposition from many independent 
exhibitors | would not be encountered 
since bulk of info would be strictly 
for intra-industry consumption. 



Amusement, Cafe 
Taxes' Big Slash 

Washington, Oct. 9. 

Wartime excises will go out the 
window effective July 1. 1946, under 
the new tirx^Teductrorr bill which 
the House is expected to approve 
Thursdays (11> or Friday. The six- 
point tax reduction bill was shaped 
up last Thursday by the Ways and 
Means Committee to bring about an 
estimated $5,319,000,000 tax reduction 
on 1946 business and personal in- 
comes. ■ "•■■.-■ 

This is what will happen to some 
of the excises: 

Admissions: down from '20% to 
10";. : « ; 

Nitery check bite: down from 20% 
to 5-; . 

, Leases on boxes and seats: down 
from 20'- !• to 11»;. 

Bowljng alleys and billiard par- 
lors: from $20 per alley or table per 
year to $10. 

Taxes al.so fall 'on liquor, furs, 
jewelry, etc. 

Other highlights of the bill: 

1. Personal income taxes will be 
reduced $2,600,000,000 for the year 
beginning Jan. 1. Upper bracker 
lax payers will receive a cut of 
at least 10"! and it will be greater 
for those whose net incomes are 
less than $21,000. About 12.000,000 
lax payers will go off the rolls com- 
pletely. 

2. The excess profits tax will be 
cut 60";,, with the corporate tax rate 
reduced 4"; in the various brackets. 
This will give 250.000 corporations 

tax— trmr is w ere " m a tty -ts^rS-oflmiiTTffiV* andTe^TXTSCBtiOls: ^^ J «m^*tW^'?*^^m)^«>e>A?9 ^UR ^^m^^ 



State Fair" and "Duffy's Tavern. 
Former copped around $19,000 and 
latter approximately $22,000. 

Inasmuch as house has been playing 
pretty much, the pick of the releases, 
like "Going My Way," for instance, 



tors, in projecting their pictures 

According to one spokesman for 
the National Association of Manu- 
facturers, greater use of the Visual ! the boxoffiee performances are con 
educational media, via the 16mm. sicleled M the more significant in 
film, is inevitable. The Army's film w trade cirdes . A few weeks 
program, which was a shortcut in ! before' "State Fair," "Guest Wife" 
the training of troops, proved the smasned through to a tremendous 



effectiveness of that medium. Les- 
sons learned from films are retained 
for a longer period and are more 



$21,000 at Radio City. 

While it's conceded that product is 
strong, the lineup probably isn't 



e ^l.. a ^!'"l 1 !, t .!. d \ ha 'L that by the ] more powerful, as far as Radio City 

is concerned, than it has been over 
the past two years on the average. 

'joe oTatpopTcale, 
bennett pic on b way 

Constance Bennett's indie produc- 
tion. "Paris Underground," replaces 



written or spoken word 

Pre-war, there were 15,000 pro- 
jectors in schools throughout the 
country. That figure has remained 
virtually static during the war as 
equipment was unavailable. How- 
ever, the Army used around 30,000 
projectors in its training program 
whjch must now be disposed of. 
"Manufacturers have proposed that 



most important project planned is 
on the Times Square 45-46th St. 
blockfront, on which City Investing 
Co. proposes two new theatres (re- 
placing present Astor and Victoria) 
as part of a 35 to 40-story office 
building. They would seat 2,500 each, 
under plans. 

On New York's 6lh Ave. 

On Sixth avenue, now Avenue of 
the Americas, two new theatres may 
be built. One, at 52d street in which 
! Loew's is reportedly interested, will 
j be the first so-called television thea- 
' tre. while a block up the avenue 
i Leo Brecher, indie circuit owner, 
states he will put up a film house 
seating 1,500 or 1,600. Brecher is also 
[ building a theatre at 65th and Broad- 
way as part of a taxpayer. It will seat 
585 and replace the old Arcade 
which has been closed for some time 
as a result of a fire. Dave Weinstock 
plans the erectieni of three or four 
theatres on Long Island, while Wal- 
ter Reade, N. Y. and New Jersey 
circuit owner, is interested in build- 
ing a house on Park avenue and 59tn 
St., N. Y. 

Paramount, which owns trie prop- 
erty in Peekskill on which stood the 
old Colonial, which was torn down 



abolish the excess profits tax com 
plctely. but the Ways & Means Com- 
mittee voted not to repeal it in full 
until alter Dec. 31. 1946. 

3. The capital stock tax. in effect 
since 1936. will be repealed July 1, 
1946. giving corporations a $200,- 
000.000 windfall. 

4. The auto use stamp tax will be 
repealed effective July 1, 1946. 

5. Social security taxes will remain 
frozen at the present 1% level. They 
we^e scheduled to jump to 2\z'':ii oil 

Trajn: 1. — — „„^,„„/ 



If this plan is accepted, nearly every 
school in the country will be a 
potential outlet for industrial films. 



tinues its grind policy at the Globe, demned. has purchased an adjoining 
also on Broadway. plot measuring ,35 by 126 (Colonial 

"Joe" is reported doing okay at properly is 80 by 126) and on the 
the Globe, but the $2.40 reserved ' combined site proposes to build a 
Idea of . using the 16mm. film for seat p0 |j cy a t the Gotham was rated i house seating somewhere between 



Charlie McDonald Gets 
Boy Back, Also Grandson 

Sgt. Harry McDonald, son of 
Charles B. McDonald. N. Y.. division 
theatre manager for RKO. returned 
last week for mustering out after 
seeing three-and-a-half years of 
S*fviee overseas with the air corps. 
He was with the American Airlines 
Ptior to the war. . . 
•Charlie McDonald, incidentally, 
became a grandfather Sept. 29 when 
■lis daughter. Edna May. wire of Lt. 
Robert J. Hodgson. Jr.. gave birth to 
a son at Glen Cove, L. I. Lt. Hodg- 
so » is stationed in Panama. 



propaganda purposes isn't new. Na- 
tional Association of Manufacturers 
has been in this field for nine years. 
Utilities have produced subjects for 
school consumption to combat pub- 
lic ownership and TVA. But present 
plans exceed anything hitherto done 
in that field. 

Because of this big industry pro- 
gram, labor is expected to counter 
with 16mm. subjects of its own, 
showing its side of the story. How- 
ever, that's one of the future pro- 
jects, as the union groups are cur- 
rently grappling with problems of 
reconversions and disputes which 
are flaring up throughout the coun- 
try. But it's evident that they'll be 
forced into film production by ne- 
cessity. 



too stiff. 



Wyler Gets 'Glory' First, 
Thence Into Own Indie 

Hollywood, Oct. 9. 
LI. Col. William Wyler, now back 
in civvies, checked into the Gold- 
wyn lot for his. first post-war job 
as director on "Glory for Me," based 
on the Mackinlay Kantor autobiog, 
adapted for screening by Robert E. 
Sherwood. 

Following his Goldwyrf chore. 
Wyler will join Frank Capra and 
Sam Briskin in Liberty Films, their 
own iridic unit for RKO release. 



WB Mulls Entry Into 
16 mm. Commercial Pix 

Hollywood. Oct. 9. 
Entry of Warners into the 16mm. 
industrial field, recently proposed by 
Norman Moray, chief of the com- 
pany's short sales, is still under con- 
sideration, with the final decision to 
be made later in the year, accord- 
ing to Harry M. Warner, company' i ToiitJnne nn Pi*nna<ra'nffa i ' .'-Hollywood, Oct. 9 
prexy. Warner said: - . . A^aUliOnS On rropaganaa Metro will use Mexican locations 
"Wo are working oh it. but are not In So-Called EdllC. FilmS : to film more than 80% of its TecTmT- 
close enough to any decision to tell , Omaha. Oct. 9. 
what we will do. I expect to be in j Dl . v. C. Arnspiger. v.p.' of Ency- 



1,200 and 1,400. Former Colonial was 
only a 900-seater. Par now operates 
two theatres in Peekskill. They are 
run, together with others, by Harry 
Royster for Paramount. 

The Siritzky brothers, Sam and 
Joe. who recently took a five-year 
lease on the Ambassador. N. Y. and 
are continuing with the Majestic, 
Brooklyn, though giving up the 
Squire, N. Y., the end of the year, 
| are interested in building up a siz- 
: able circuit in this country either 
(Continued on page 20) 



New York during November and 
December, at which time the mat- 
ter may be decided. The whole 
thing depends on conditions." 



Reade Denied Judgment 
In Suit on Theatres 

Walt er Reade, theatre opera lor. on 
Monday (8) was denied a motion for 
summary judgment against the ex- 
ecutors and trustees of the estate ot 
the late Frank V. Storrs, theatre 
operator of New Jersey. Reade 
I color production. "Fiesta." Most of filed suit to recover damage for the 
the foreign shooting will be done in -J value ; . of a lease on the Englewood 



Mexico 'Fiesta' Background 



elopedia Britlanica Films. Inc.. told. 
I a' large gathering of teachers and 
j pupils here that they should be very 
I watchful for propaganda in all so- 



'ADULTS ONLY' PIC IN SEPT. 

Chicago. Oct. 9. 

"Adults Only" tag was hung w 
only one of the 92 pix .reviewed: by 
Chi's police motion . picture censor 
board during September. Lieut. Tim- 
othy Lyne announced last week. It's 
RKO's "Isle of the Dead." 

Board chief also advised that 76 
cuts were made in the 413.000 feet of 
film reviewed during the month. 



called educational films. He stressed 
that teacher's ' and pupils should 
train themselves to evaluate every 
film from the point of likely propa- 
ganda. The watchword should be: 

"Who is saying .what to who and 
for what purpose?" 

"Is what, is being said truthful and 
'authentic'.'" ; 

"See it the gun is loaded " 

"Propaganda is the use of words 
and symbols to influence attitudes 
on controversial issues." 



and aroUnd a bullring at Hacienda theatre, Englewod; N. J.. which was 
Gallindo, about 200 miles from. Mex- so ld by the estate to the Skouras 
cio City, and at Guadalajara. -' I Theatre's Corp. " .. 

Richard Thorpe, director, and \ Under a 1936 option agreement, 
Esther; Williams, star, shove off for , between Reade and the late Storrs, 
Mexico this week for preliminary : R e; >de was to receive lease on nine 
work. (theatres in various parts o'. New 

j Jersey, including the Englewood. 
Only eight theatres Were turned 
over to him. he states. The Engle- 
wood. meanwhile, had been sold to 
Skouras. The defendant's executors, 
Richard M. Huber. Frank S. Hirst.; 
and Alan L. ; Wolfe, ar.d Cha'sa 
National Bank, trustee, had con- 
tended that Reade had waived his 
rights to that lease. 



Daven to Paris for 20th 

Hollywood. Oct. 9. 

Andre Daven leaves for Paris Jan. 
1 to take over as 20th Century-Fox's 
representative there. 

Daven, a leading French producer 
prior to the war. will have charge 
of 20lh-Fox's French production, 



P^RIETY Wednesday, October 10, 1915 



Wednesday, October 10, 1945 W SHEff 





OLD GLORY'S STILL FLYING ! 

SOMETHING TO 
CELEBRATE ! 

Get out the Bunting and 
The Banners- 
Organize the Parades and 
The Cheers ! 

^America is ready and willing 
To finish the job in a 
Blaze of glory! 
It's your last Bond Drive - 
Put your heart and soul into it 
Then it's sure to be the BEST! 

THE VICTORY LOAN 
STARTS SOON! 

OCTOBER 29 — DECEMBER 8 

War Activities Committee of Motion Picture lndus^ t jsoi:Bro(uiway t K.X C. 



FILM REVIEWS 



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'•Stork Club" (Songs) fDe- 
Sylva-Par). Tiptop Cinderella 
musical, geared. 'for lush box-- 
oflice. 

■ "Kitty", i Pari. Costume drama 
of 18th Century loves with 
Goddard - Milland names Tor 
•marquee, 

"The Spider" i20HO, Well- 
enacted whodunit lor the sup- 
porting market. . 

"The Fighting Guardsman" 
i Col). Film version of Dumas' 
novel, "Companions of Jehu." 
okay for cops-and-robbers trade. 

".Scotland Yard Investigator" 
i Rep). Good murder thriller. 

"Sunbdnnet Sue" '(songs) 
(Mono). Fair Gay 90s item. 



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Diamond Horseshoe arid Lucius 
Eoomer's Waldorf- Astoria, and the 
•tatting- average, is still 1.000. Buddy 
dcSvIva . has turned out a tiptop 
Cinderella story for Paramount: and. 
is a cinch for comparable profit, . 

.Actually it's not as elementary as 
the fundamentals may sound. True, 
even after the canny Barry Fitzger- 
ald literally confesses that he's the 
mysterious bimofacUr of the Stork 
Club coairoom girl < she had saved ; , Social Circle" 
his life), the plot could fall apart 
if. taken too literally, biit somehow 
the audiences will accept it for what 
. jt. js — a pleasant 08 minutes of Cin-. 
. dcrella romance against a glamorous 
background. * 
Much on the plus side is the fact 
; that storv is not restricted to being 
another Grand Hotel; theme in a 
nitery setting, In tact, at One lime 
one wonders what happened to the 
Stork Club joart of the tale, since 
so' inuch^cTliie misunderstanding, 
the band rehearsals, etc.. occur in 
the penthouse apartment where 
Miss Hulton has been mysteriously 
ensconced. 

Interspersed is a blighted, romance 
between the oldster Fitzgerald and 
Mary Young'. his wife of 40 years, 
who had walked out on the . eccen- 
tric Irish millionaire in disgust; over 
his Scotch 'pecuniary, not liquid) 
habits. 

Robert Benchley is the deadpan 
lawyer who fronts for his eccentric 
Client, further complicating the 
plot, by not disclosing the facts 
when a romantic crisis i. can's, be- 
tween the poor-bul-bonost check- 
room gal i Miss Hutlon ) and her 
bandleader-cx-Marine <D;m De- 
Fore), who properly enough can't 
dope out her unaccustomed afflu- 
ence. Fitzgerald's paternal prcJenee 
bn one side and Bill Goodwin 'as 
Billingsley ) on the other mix up the 
juvonile leads for the proper fool- 
age until it's all straightened out; 
"in between, Billingsley's now fa- 
miliar generosity and credo as a 
host get . plenty of spotlighting, 
along with a plontitude of Stork Club 
trademarks "from the main titles 
down to the insignia on the club's 
attaches). The femme star does four 
tiotop special songs; bandleader De- 
Fore "auditions" for Billingsley: and 
crooner Andy Russell uncorks a 
■ coiiole of ballads. 

Miss Million's "Doctor. Lawyer. 
Indian" is her first peppery deliv- 
ery, backed by a neat male qu artel. | b 
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suspects he might he her mysterims 
benefactor — is not too sticky. 

Stork Club atmosphere, of course', 
is almost photographic in authentic 1 
ity. . Director Hal Walker " has done, 
right' by producer dcSylva on his 
lirst indie pic for Par i Harold Wil- 
son aided him on the production), 
and the script and song writihe 
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this whodimit moving and make it 
figure as okay for secondary book- 
ings. Script fails suitably to explain 
why the villain started his series of 
murders' but otherwise maintains 
casual interest in the ' melodramatic 
de\ clbpments. 

It's a yam about a private dclec- 
.vho gets involved with ihurrier 



The House I Live In' a Fine Job 

"The House I Live In," Frank Sinatra's 10-minute single- reeler <tn 
religious tolerance, is moi '; than a propaganda short. It's fine enter- 
tainment. In their desire to do a film as tribute to Sinatra's work 
among kids and schools on niter-racial harmony, producers Frank Ross 
.aiici Mervyn LeRoy haven't neglected their audience. As a result, one 
l as a warm, glowing film that isn't only a preachment. It's a story. 
A simple, appealing story, too. one that will get its messge of brother- 
hood over that much more effectively because of its simplicity and 
Sincerity. 

The honesty and feeling is apnarent from the start. Sinatra is seen 
recording a son.g. "If You Are But A Dream." then sauntering out of 
the studio for a smoke, and liiidittg~a..«roup of kids in the alley gang- 
ing up on one youngster, He butts in to ask the whyfore: he's told 
kids don't like "foreigners." ; Sinatra tells them about some ''for- 
eigners" in a llashback of Colin Kelly and Meyer Levin bombing the 
Haruna; His ; tolerance speech takes: the kids ask him what he does; 
when he says he's a singer, they want proof, and Sinatra goes into the 
tremendously moving "House. I Live In" number for them. He sells 
the youngsters, all right. The brief parting short of a kid giving him 
the okay smile is a honey. '.■• ■ *, . 

Merit badges are due all around— to Ross who thought up the idea 
and Le Roy Who directed; to Albert Maifz' script, Robert De Grasse s 
camera-work. Philip Martin. Jr.'s. editing; to Earl Robinson and Louis 
Allan for the "House" song:, which is a knockout, to RKO tor dis- 
tributing. Above all. lo Sinatra, for some simple acting aiid ace sing- 
ing, and for his goodwill. Sinatra. Ross and LeRoy contributed their 
services: RKO will distribute non-profit. This is. a short to make 
everybody concerned feel proud. Broil. 



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| lowe. performer with a 'magic show, 
■if) see'; if he can discover whether 
■ or not her long-absent sister has been 
' murdered. Contc's double-crossing 
! partner. Ann Savage, has obtained 
! the evidence but is mysteriously 
bumped ciff before turning it over 
! to him. Police . out the finger on 
1 Conic for the killing but he man- 
ages to duck the charge. Another 
i victim turns up. shortly after Contc 
I has talked to him. Police really turn 
the heat on the dick then but de- 
nouement turns up the real killer, 
who had turned strangler to conceal 
fact that he had actually done in 
Miss Marlowe's sister years, ago. 

Conte does an excellent job of the 
male load and Miss Marlowe makes 
attractive her assignment. Skull- 
cuggery is contributed by Kurt 
Kreuger and Martin Kosleck is (he 
chief red-herring suspect. Mantan 
Moreland injects some comedy as 
Contc's reluctant Negro helper. 

Robert Webb's direction keeps the 
pace consistent and Ben Silvey's pro- 
rliictiou furnishes standard anourte- 
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duction that will have the curiosity I 
of the book-lovers to start it oil'. Cel- j 
luloid version of the book of the 
same title, produced with all the ] 
pomp of the period, is overlong and , 
has a tendency to drag, but names 
of 'Pauletle. Goddard and -'Ray Mil- 
land will aid ill generating good j 
business. Fcmme audiences, in par- 
ticular, will favor theme of Self- 
sacrifice for love and the settings 
and costumes. 

Plot tells of an 18lh century easy 
lady who rose from the London , 
slums to high position in court so- 
ciety—a society that was no .better | 
than that from which she rose: it ] 
only dressed belter. The Kitty de- 
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the band, doubles with her on "I'm j for Gainsborough's port 
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Had a Dozen Hearts.'' and "Love Me 
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The portrait and_Kj.U.y attract the 
atfcntrdn of several society fops. 
One. an impoverished noblcmr i with 
few scruples, takes her inn his 



mdition and the Stork Club nitery I home, gives her a fictional back- 
performances. "Shade of. the Old ground and plots her marriage in a 
Apple Tree" is interpolated as the duke. Script carries her through two 
romantic theme of Fitzgerald and marriages,, the birth of a child and 
his estranged spouse. This is utilized sundry adventures, all to aid her 
to point up Eillingsley's rule against poor nobleman — a prize heel— and 
no waltzes at the Stork: just fast make him realize her lovo for him 
continuous music to keep 'em Paulette Goddard. credibly dcoie.1 
pepped up. 'It's not explained, of 
course, that the host's reason there- 
fore is that fast music also stim- 
ulates faster bar tabs.) '■ 

As part of the plot a "Locke's 
(Saks) at'h Avenue" charge account 
for Miss Hulton is excuse for a 
fashion show. It's here that seript- 
ers dcSylva and Jack McGowan 
plausibly reprise the oldie that the 
benefactor: "wants to make her 
happy, but not hysterical." as she 
orders three or four' minks for her- 
self and her fellow-cloakroom 
checker. Iris Adrian. In the Stork 
netting, a natural for maitre d'holel 
Mikhail Rasumny is another, revival 
gag about 'cautioning the busboy to, 
"be extra nice , to the waiters, We' 
can always get customers." 
' Miss Hulton- is capital throughout, 
vocally and histrionically. Fitzger- 
ald is stiperb; almost steals the pic- 
ture from everything and '.. every- 
body. His is another, top perform- 
ance as the alternatingly dour and 
generous, harassed and lovelorn 
millionaire of eccentric manner told 
clothes, etc. in a mansion back- 
ground). Don DcFoi'e is convincing 
as the juvc. Andy Russell shines 
better vocally biit manifests good 
lens consciousness. Bill Goodwin is 
-particularly good as Billingsley. Be- 
sides looking like the Stork Club's 
host, the radio announcer-actor 
works with authority and convic- 
tion. Miss Adrian makes a lot of 
her comedy opportunity as the 
heroine's oal 



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Although "The Fighting Guards- 
man" has the elegant sets and garb 
of the Louis XVI period, film is a 
modestly budgeted item with little 
in the way of marquee lure. Alcx- 
I andre Dumas' minor masterpiece. 
] "Companions of Jehu," forms the 
I basis of this piece. Film, despite its 
I period setting, is an overdressed 
j cops-and-robbers opera with plenty 
I of flintlock and saber play to pro- 
vide the major source of interest. 
Kitty in the various phases of the Tfic hackneyed Robin Hood theme 
slum girl's rise in station. Ray Mil- has Willard Parker in the role of 
land has the more difficult task of . Baron Francois de Sainte Hermaine. 
keeping the unpleasant, foppish char- ! who hobnobs with the aristocracy 
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Here's a case where a mediocre, 
yet successful script, is made to 
appear, like a well-polished project, 
simply because il was excellently 
east, shrewdly directed and compe- 
tently produced. "Scotland Yard In- 
vestigator" won't bo tl'.e worse for 
half of a double fare. 

Sir Aubrey Smith plays the con- 
scientious curator of the National 
Art Gallery in London, where the. 
Mona Lisa has been hidden away 
until now. The war concluded, two 
Frenchmen posing as representatives 
of the Louvre, .call for the painting 
and are given it because they have 
proper credentials. However, their 
leader. Erich Von Stroheim, realizes 
after thorough inspection that the 
stolen portrait is only a line repro- 
duction. The original is in the hands 
of another man. equally' ruthless and 
cunning, who runs an antique shop 
as a decoy for his illegitimate oper- 
ations. The plot is literally filled 
with corpses after this point: Von 
Stroheim eradicating anybody who 
would prevent him from possessing 
the painting which he desires to 
hang in his personal gallery along 
with the other stolen masterpieces. 
The money-hungry antique dealer, 
played by Forrester Harvey, just 
wants, to sell the painting back to 
the gallery at his own price, in order 
that lie and his wife may retire for 
the rest of their lives. But Sir Au- 
brey Smith is betwixt and between, 
because his reputation is at stake, 
should word of the painting's loss 
leak out. All ends well, of course. 

Charles Thompson's set decora- 
tions really contribute an air of au- 
thenticity to the production. 



hit them top hard. It supports the 
theory that, despite a Bowery back- 
ground., one can attain the avenue 
of avenues, if he perseveres, etc. 

The acting in this film is credit-. 
able. Particularly good are George 
Cleveland as the jovial tavern owner; 
Minna Gumboil as the wise and sue-, 
eessftil w ife of the governor, although 
lormorly a Boweryite herself: Charles 
Frown. - who intelligently underplays 
the role of Father Hurley I Dance 
routines fair, but help to convey the 
nostalgia of the Gay Nineties. None 
of the nt-w songs is outstanding: the 
oldies are background themes. 



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Jean Tissier only came out as a 
star comparatively recently when 
his nonchalant manner gave him a 
following. In thus crime meller he 
first plays the part of a journalist 
who later passes himself off as a de- 
tective to finally turn out as -the 
criminal. 

The story shows Tissier crashing 
an invitation to stay overnight, at 
the country house of a scientist who 
has already invited several guests. 
The scientist has made a discovery 
which is apparently very much o( 
the atomic style, and secret. During 
the night he is found in the hall, ap- 
parently dead. Tissier appears to 
proceed to a police investigation, his 
real object being to steal the secret, 
when finally the scientist who was 
supposed to have died, causes the 
death of the thief. 

Eve.n if the story is. somewhat in- 
volved, direction is good and action 
faster than in most local films. But 
love interest is thin. Neither the 
crime investigation nor the scientific 
background will suffice to make this 
picture enhance Tissier's rating. 

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loved, consistent and does well by it. 
Reginald Owen and Cecil Kcllaway 
deliver character gems. The first' is 
die doddering Duke of Malmo.nster. 
who strives to keep his faded youth 
revived with port wine. The other 
is Gainsborough. th_e painter who dis- 
covers Kitty. Patric Knowles is good 
as the Ear.1 of Carstairs who loves 
Kitty. Constance Collier, Millaud's 
gin-sodden aunt. Sara Allgood. Den- 
nis Hoey, Eric Blore. Mary Gordon 
are among others who show up Well: 
Mitchell Leisen's direction has 
garbed the drama in fancy clothes 
and spectacle in toning the . story, 
getting all the pomp and much of the 
ooniposity of the era into the picture. 
Production is elegant in settings, as- 



lion of the royal set and consequent 
ly has gathered a band of revolu- 
tionaries to rob the King's tax-col- 
lectors and coaches carrying royal 
bullion for distribution among the 
deserving poor. 

Expected complications in the plot 
arise from the fact that Parker must 
continually justify his leadership 
among his cohorts because of the 
fact that he's in love with an aris- 
tocrat (Anita Louise) whose broth- 
ers life he spares in . a duel. . Ulti- 
mately the French revolution clears 
the path for continued romance with 
the lady of his choice. 

Henry Levin's direction strives loo 
hard for swashbuckling effects and. 
vhile the film/-gocs at a fast clip, it 



sociate producers Darrell Ware and-, falls too easily into hokey lines. At 



Karl Tunberg having used lavish 
hand in providing the framework for 
their screenplay, Musical score by 
Victor Young is an aid and Danje! 
L. Fapp's camera work is skillful." 

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tempts to set off Parker as a super- 
man capable of taking on a dozen 
adversaries simultaneously i often 
brings titters. 

Acting is routine with.Parker and 
Miss Loiiise trying to. bring a degree 
of conviction to their parts. " John 
Loder as the emissary of the English 
bankers from whom the King at- 



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Molnar play. "The Lawyer." as 1 
next production for RKO release, 
starting Nov. 19. 
I William Cameron Menzies.. RKO 
the'ocal 1 ^!^ j ^.'<^ is ^-^.orarily out 

cvencr tq Winchell. and plausible; < )f h« l| PP C1 ' P erth t:) "inclion is 
and Eillingsley's reference to the I director on the Lewlon production. 



LEWTON'S MOUTHPIECE 

Hollywood Oct. ?, I tempts to float a loan does a-'ebn 
Val Lcwton picked the Ferenc | vincing job. while Lloyd Corrigan 

as the bloated highness, Janis Car- 
ter as his mistress who passes on 
vital information to the revolu- 
tionaries. Edgar Buchanan as Pari 



cr's Friday, and Georiro Macreariy 
us the monarch's loyal aide, carry 
out their assignments in routine 
manner. Jose. 



"Sunbonnet Sue" has enough polit- 
ical squabbles, love scenes and a dash 
of social significance to make it a 
fair dual entry. However, it's too 
long for what il contains. 

Business at a saloon icirca 1890) 
is keeping its pace, until the pedi- 
gree-minded aunt who lives on Fifth 
Avenue realizes that, if her niece 
continues to sing and dance in her 
father's Bowery saloon, the aunt's 
background ■ will be discovered and 
her social future will be spoiled. It 
is during the local political elec- 
tions that she conceives the idea 
of perpetrating a brawl in the tav- 
ern, thereby, influencing the police to 
close it. Circumstances demanding, 
the daughter is forced to leave her 
father's home to live luxuriously at 
her aunt's home. Howev*r. the aunt's 
motive is soon discovered, after 
much more brawling, and all Jive 
happily afti r. 

The 'film has some ed'eelive philo- 
sophical notes and manages never to 



upon the licensing of films in any 
other situation. 

14) From selling or acquiring any 
theatre interest pending the further 
order of the court. 

15) From enforcing any existing 
agreements heretofore entered into 
by the Schine interests not to com- 
pete or whereby the use of any real 
estate restricted to non-theatrical 
purposes; and from the use of threats 
as a means of inducing a compel iter 
lo sell. 

f<5) From continuing the hereto- 
fore conspiracy or -monopoly in re- 
straint of trade and commerce be- 
tween the stales, and from entering 
into any combination Or conspiracy 
for the purpose or with the effect, of 
restraining trade and commerce be- 
tween the slates. 

The details of the procedure and 
the method by which the machinery 
for the actual dissolution of Schine 
Theatres will be accomplished is not 
set forth but the Court, In accord- 
ance with recent court precedent on 
the subject, directs instead "the en-.: 
try of a decree adjudging that the 
defendants and their affiliated cor- 
porations be dissolved, realigned or 
reorganized in their ownership anrt' 
control so that, fair competition be- 
tween them and other theatres he 
restored and nereafter main- 
tained; and that the determination 
of the question of the dissolution, 
realignment and reorganization of 
the parties aforesaid and the method 
to be employed in the accomplish- 
ment, of the same be left u> oe fixed 
by this court after further consid- 
eration with the parties." 



Wednesday. Oclober 10, 1915 



PICTURES 



Pathe's New N. Y. Lab and Studio 
Only Part of Expansion Program 




Victory (Preem) Shows 
As Tribute to Returned 
Vets Will Feature Drive 



Pathe Industries launched . a big 
expansion program last week with 
the purchase of an 11-story buildin* 
at lomh.St. and Park Ave.. N.'.Y.. for 
$500,000'. with total cost ol' its new 
studio and laboratory setup to bp 
iicar $1,500,000. Besides the bultcl- 
j„i{,.' the company ' also obtained sev- 
eral adjoining parcels pi' land, which New showmanship ideas are being 
will be used for sound stages add, urged upon the industry in connee- 
K-sser lab buildings. Vastly in- 1i()n w ,th the forthcoming Victory 
creased lab printing business and j L() . m drive.. One 0 f the first exptoita- 
eivatei facilities for Pat-he News. | tjon'idcas'to come 'up was suBsested 
which produces the newsi'ecl and ! .,,-. a : rec ent meeting of regional 
shorts fof RKO release, is back ol chairmen where it was asked that 
the move. ; bond premieres, which have always 

Pathe News will have studio and had high returns in. bond sales, be 
lab facilities in the new plant al- j titled Victory shows. Idea will be to 
though strictly on a contractual basis \ exploit the shows as tributes to re- 
al present. It is possible that Pallie turned veterans. 
Industries will move ils Bound - AniWi , ideas formulated will be 
Brook tNi J-> establishment to the; hav ing men wearing service 

new quarters in N. Y. when the emblems admitted as guests of honor, 
tire construction program has been . lhei| . lie | ;ets to be secured for them 
completed. , ...... by bond purchasers. In some in- 

Pat he Industries now lias the stances, it was suggested, the person 
printing contract lor Universal. PRC buying a $200 Roosevelt Bond be 



pictures ta subsid i and both Uni 
v'ersal -.and Pat he ne wsreels. It also 
dues printing jobs lor Columbia. 
Universal. United Artists and Mono- 
gram, although not holding the full 
contract. It recently obtained a pact 
to do all the Hi-millimetci- picture 
printing for Paramount. All of this 
has contributed to the necessity for 
a vastly expanded alignment. .An- 
other subsid. Pathc. Mfg. Corp.. puts 
out- a.Palhe Reeovder for banks, in- 
surance companies and large busi- 
nesses requiring filing of vast 
amount of records and documents.' 

Fact that Kenneth M. Young,, 
chairman of the board, is president 
of PRC. indicates how much interest 



admitted with a veteran. 

'"With this Victory show back- 
ground.'.' said Oscar A. Doob. cam- 
paign director, "it will be logical to 
hold parades of service emblem- 
wearing boys with a turnout of mili- 
tary or naval bands, and create a 
general atmosphere of celebration 
with a revival of the V-E and V-J 
feeling iii each community. Block 
parties to honor 'men on the com- 
munity's roll of honor, radio pro- 
grams, decorated heroes as guests 
arc all possible exploitation angles 
for the yictofy shows." 

Charles M. Reagan, national dis- 
tributor chairman, and his commit- 
tee are now working out available 



; Hollywood, Oct. 9. 
Clem Bevans, actor, 20th-Fox. 
Roy Roberts, actor, 20th -Fax. :■ 
Tom Moore, actor, 20th-Fox. 
Nancy Guild, actress, 20th-Fox. 
Bob Adler, actor, 20th-Fox. 
Lee Wilde, actiess, Melro. ■ 
Lyii Wilde, actress, Metro. 
Giorgio Curti, producer, PRC. 
Sharon McManus, renewed. Metro. 
William Ching. actor, Universal. 
Ray Taylor, director. Universal.. 
Rilfus LeMaire, renewed. 20th-Fox. 
Patricia Alphin. actress. Universal. 
Cathy O'Donnell, actress. . Gold. 
Allan Young, actor, 20th-Fox. 
Margaret Barinerman, actress. 20th. 
Melville Shavelson, writer. Gold. 
Robert Pirosh, writer, Goldwyn. 
Vic Cutler, actor, Goldwyn. '■' . 
Felice Ingersoll, actress. Metro. 
Perry Ferguson, art director. Gold. 
Mimi Berry, actress. RKO. 
Lynne Roberts, actress. Republic. 
Lynn Bari, renewed. 20th-Fox. 
Lloyd Nolan, renewed, 20th-Fox. 
Sonny Tufts, renewed. Paramount. 
Marjorie Reynolds, renewed. Par. 
Ray Klune, production mgr.. 20th. 
Audrey Korn, actress, Paramount. 
Marjorie Raymond, actress. Par. 
Jane Starr, actress. Paramount. 
L. D. Lighton. prod., renwd.. 20th. 
Wells Root, producer. Paramount. 
Renee Randall, actress. Par. 
Lucy Knock, actress, Paramount 



Charlie Reagan Sets State And 
District Heads for Victory Loan 



♦ Victory Lrfan Committee of stale 
distributor chairman has been com- 
pleted with appointment of Ward E. 
Scott and M. A. Levy, 20th-Fdx' dis- 
trict managers to the' distributors 
committee, according to Charles ■M.- 
Reagan,- "national distributor chair- 
man .'for the drive. Jerry ZigmOnd, 
Chicago' Oct 9 I of ' Buchanan « Co... is assistant to 
Situation that may result in 'thej ;i,e national, .distributors division, 
formation -of a new union in opposi- Country has been divided into 11 

I districts, branch and district man- 
agers serving in each of these- divi- 



Many Trained Boothmen 
From Armed Services May 
Cue New Union Formation 



the Young interests arc taking in u , m ^ 1( „. the victory Bond shows/it's 



the picture producing and dis 
tributing company. Although PRC 



hoped' to spot them so thoroughly 
that every community in the coun- 



earnmgs thus tar have not been ■ ,,. v w jl| have celebrations surround- 
large. Pathe Industries' consolidated -,„„ a capueity 7 attcnded bond pre- 
receipis for the first year ending last niiere 
Dec. 31 amounted to $4.453.2.'1H. 
Indicative of how the Pathe In 



?±&^»t?& ! & : GEN. DOOLITTLE STARTS 

H'WOODV-LOAN DRIVE 



year 

the common stock how is quoted 
around $72 per share while the pre- 
ferred recently went to $94. Both 
are listed on Over-lhe-Counter mar- 



Hollywood. Oct. 9. 

kef, but there is talk of listing them ! Lieut. Gen. Jimmy DoolitUe Was 
on the N. Y. Slock Exchange. There ;« ue!il 01 nonol \ * l » n1 "!. 
are 20.000 shares of preferred out-, dmnel ' to start the ball ro ling in the 
standing and 100,000 shares of com- ; Victory Loan drive Ga therms was 
nion. Alter paying $2 'on the pre- I attended by about 500 of the mdus- 
f erred last year, corporation has left 1 trVii <°P ni,mes - headecl by Lo , l ":V B ' 
$4 til per share applicable to the Mayer, chairman of the special Vic- 
tory Bond Committee; Kenneth 
Thomson, head of the Hollywood 
Victory Committee, and George 
Murphy, president of the Screen 
Actors Guild. 

Plans were discussed for the 
nation-wide cavalcade of motion pic- 
lure stars 7 as a preliminary to the 



Arline Judge's Chicago 
Divorce Case Drags On 

Chicago. Oct. 9. 
Case . of ... Arline Judge vs. {State's- . 
Attorney's office here entered the'^^oJJ dri%V w'hich'"opep8 of- 



fifth round last week when a second 
amended complaint in proceedings! 
to vacate the divorce granted here 
last May 17 to Miss Judge from 
Capt. James R. Addams. British fly- j 
er, was filed by Asst. Slate's Ally. J 
Jacob Shamberg. 

Amendment, ordered by 
John P. McGoorty in Superioi 



finally Oct. 29. 



No Significance to WB 
Dropping Still Another 

Clitting lemons off its bpoks as 
Judge leases expire and suitable renewal 
Court terms cannot be agreed upon. War- 
to clarifv S. A.'s motion to vacate ; ««' Bros, is dropping another house, 
charged that two witnesses. Mrs. ' the Faiupt in Lima.. O; Coming on 
Annette Davis and Alexander j hip of last week's decision to step 
Jarema. didn't know any of the fads j °"t Of three theatres in Philadel- 
to which they testified and that Cook -I »W- including the first-run Fox, 
County courts didn't have jurisdic- ! theie speculation why War- 

tion because Miss Judge wasn't a n «'s .was decimating its circuu, 
resident of the county - '-• but there is ho significance to the 

Miss Judge. now"in California j dropping of houses. Several have 
vith her latest husband, Vincent been given up during the pas year 

where theatres arc not worthy ot 
lease renewal or the terms de- 
manded prompted WB not to renew. 

In addition to the Fox. Philly. WB 
last week announced no renewing 
. Nov. 30 on (he New Park aiid Jef- 
pj c .... _ , _ ' J ferson. Phillv nabes. Reason is that 

C-a OUlllVan Back at rar , the New Park has not done well and 
S Sgt. Edward Sullivan, for many j the Jefferson, owned by the same 
years head of the photographic de- landlord, has been carried by WB 
Partinent of Paramount at the home- under the. dcak though closed a long 
office before entering the service, has ! time. The Lima; house, seating only 
heeh shed of his uniform and is back j 909, being dropped., has also been 
in his former post with Par. In the closed for some time. 
Army three years, but not going 
across, Sullivan was attached to the 1 
Signal Corps; 

For the major portion of the lime 
Sullivan was away, his spot- at Par 
was'hi charge of Frank Gebman. for- 



Cowans Quick 
Profit on 2 Pix 
Via Chi Deal 



■ Lester Cowan, who still remains 
; head ot Lester Cowan Productions 
I despite his" "oeai with'" Domestic" 
Finance Corp. of Chicago, last week 
obtained $1,000,000, after taxes! for 
his interest in "G. I. Joe" and "To- 
morrow the World." disposed of via 
this transaction. 

Cowan, who owns 50 r ; of "Joe." 
has an optional arrangement with 
Domestic, whereby he must rebate 
12% should the picture fail to hit 
$3,500,000 in the U. S. market. It's 
! not likely he will have to refund 
!any of the total amount received 
from the Chicago firm because pres- 
: ent earnings indicate "Joe" will 
■reach this figure in the domestic 
j market. 

j Cowan not only stays as head of 
| Cowan Productions, but the Domes- 
j tic deal in no way interferes with 
'his future production plans, nor with 
I "Free Press." his next film for UA 
| release. Transaction on "Joe .' and 
I "Tomorrow" also does not change 
! the status of George J. SchaelVr. 
who remains in charge of sales for 
Cowan. ' Sehaefer also holds an in- 
terest in "Joe.'' David Loew, too, 
owns a big chunk of the film, 
i Domestic operates a circuit of 
! about 70 theatres in small Indiana 
towns and has an interest in "Great 
John L." made by Bing Crosby pro- 
' ductions for UA release, as well as 
in Warners' "To Have and Have 
I Not." Latter figures via Howard 
'Hawks' percentage in the Lauren 
| Bacall contract. Pecky Dee and 
! Arthur Greene head Domestic. 



tion. to Motion Picture Operator 
Union (IATSE) is in the cards, ac- 
cording to trade sources here, be- 
cause of the thousands of trained 
projection and maintenance ^peoplo 
now pouring out of the armed force;-. 

Thai these ex-.soldiers, sailors and 
marines are better trained than the 
old-line unionists is a foregone Con- 
clusion, it's argued, because during 
their service careers they've learned 
not only how to be operators but 
have been educated to take the ma- 
chines apart and put them together 
again — something most of the union- 
ists can't dp. "There are 'maintenance 
men for that job" has always been 
their answer. But. as one 16 mm pro- 
ducer here points out. "Uncle Sam is 
turning 'em out .with complete 
courses in electronics under their 
belts!" ; ' . . ; ' .- ■ 

Unions, of course, - tight as they 



ions: Metropolitan N. Y. is heacU"i ■ 
by Henry Ran'del. N. Y., and Ed Bell, 
N. J.. for Paramount. Northeastern 
district; G. W. Horan. Boston: Carl 
Goe. New Haven; Ray S. Smith. Al- 
bany: .Al Herman. Buffalo; Norman 
Ay res. district manager. N. Y.. for 
Warners, .,..;; -.-' 

Eastern ' district: Ceorge E. 
Schwartz,. Philadelphia: Joe Krenitz, 
Cleveland: Peter F ; . Dana.. Pitts- 
burgh: Salem E. Applegiite, district 
manager, Philadelphia: Dave Miller, 
district manager. Cleveland, for 
Universal: and John S. Allen. Wash- 
ington for Metro! North Central dis- 
trict: Allan Moritz. Cincinnati; Joe 
Gins. Detroit: Guy 'Craig, Indianap- 
olis: Carl Sha lit. district manager, for 
Columbia. Southern district:" Wil- 
liam Zocllher. Atlanta: Bonn. Rosen- 



are, don't want to be . "watered wald, Charlotte: Charles E. Kaafc- 
down." In fact, despite protestation; ■-. njch. district manager. Atlanta. , for 
that they've got jobs for every man ] MGM and Luke Conner, New Or- 
who left his booth for the service. | leans, for Warners, 
it's known they're having a tough I ' Southeastern district: Tom W. 
time getting, the new civilians back- Young. Memphis; M. W.. Osborne, 
on the job and finding more jo,bs.| Oklahoma City : Phil Longclon. dis- 
for the "temporary card, men" of 
the war years. The new — and better 



trict manager. Dallas, for 20th-Fox 
iihI Fred Lamed. Dallas, for Para- 



— talent makes prospects even more 
alarming for them. 

One of the things that .smarted 
during the war — and something they 
were averse to hitting out at open- 
ty hecaus^^U^J-j^b^ <V.W. 
unpatriotic had (hey none su — w 



mount. Midwestern district: J. Har- 
old Stevens, Ciicago: Ben Blotcky, 
Minneapolis: Harold Wirthwcin, 
Milwaukee, and Allen Usher, district 
manager. Chicago, all for Para- 
mount. River district: B. J. McCarthy, 
St. Louis: William ' T.'.. Turog. Kansas 



the terrific showing 10mm "Buy W->r| City, for United Artists: Ward E. 

almost Scott, district manager. Kansas City, 
1 lor 20th r Fox. . ,''.;. 
Prairie clislric. 



Bonds" films got — run off 
completely by non-unionists. Pix had 
to be shown. Treasury Dept. told 
them, union rules governing projec- 
tionists or no. 

So. the unionists are. scared— and 
rightly so. The newcomers are bel- 
ligerent. 



QUICK SHIFT FROM 
'CALIF/ TO '3D AVE/ 

Hollywood. Oct. 9. 
John Farrow has switched direc- 
tion from "California" to "Third 
Avenue," because five weeks inter- 
vene until Ray Milland and Barbara 
Stanwyck can be ready for the 
former film. 

Paramount has been prepping 
"Avenue" for several months and 
jshot the Barry Fitzgerald starrer in 
I front of lenses this morning to util- 
! ize Farrow's time-oil' from "Cali- 
| l'ornia," and because co-stars Diana 
, Lynn and Sonny Tufts also are 
lvailable for film. ' ■ ■■; 



Morgan Ryan, married Addams. Oct.. 
7. 1942. and charged he deserted her 
Oct 15. 1942. 

Sternberg's' motion will be heard 
Nov. 8. 



Boston Show People 

Rally to War Fund 



D. C. Kennedy, 
Des Moines, for Metro: D. V. Mc- 
Lucas. Omaha, for United Artists; 
M. A. Levy, district manager. Minne- 
apolis. 20th-Fox. Rocky Mountain 
district: Arthur S. Abeles. Denver, 
and Charles L. Walker. Salt Lake 
City, for 20th-Fox. West Coast dis- 
trict: Harry C. Colieii. Los Ange'es; 
Newton E. Jacobs, San. Francbco; 
Mark E. Cory. Seattle: J. - Herbert 
Mclntyre. district manager. Los An- 
geles, for RKO; arid Maurice D. 
Saffle. Seattle for Metro. 

Showmen Converge on N. V. 
Showmen from all over the .coun- 
try are converging upon New York 
to put over the Victory Loan, which 
begins Oct. 29 and continues to Dec. 
8. Joseph L. Ryan, liaison for John 
P. Friedl. midwest chairman, is in 
from Minneapolis, to make hi.s head- 
quarters at the War Activities Com- 
mittee for the duration. Fried! ar- 
rived Monday (8i for a short visit to 
discuss final plans for a regional 
meeting set for Oct. 12 al the Black- 
stone hotel. Chicago. 

Other arrivals include Ray Bcall, 
liason for Bob O'Donnell. southern 
regional chairman. Paul Levi, rep- 
resenting Sam Pinanski, honorary 
national chairman and regional di- 



Boston, Oct. 9. 

Boston theatre, folk are rallying j rector of New England, is in N. Y 



PressburgerY Zola Pic 

Hollywood. Oct. 9. 
Emile Zola novel. "Therese Ri>- 
guin," will be Arnold Pressburger's 
next production for United Artist- 
release. Ann Green is writing the 
screenplay, slated to follow the cur- 
rent Pressburger production, "Scan- 
dal in Paris 



round the annual community appeal 
the Greater Boston United War 
Fund campaign, to help top the $7,- 
500.000 goal. 

Joseph Brennaii of the Allied 
Theatres of Massachusetts and Mi- 
I chael J. Cavanaugh. general manager 
! of Boston's Shubert Theatres,, head 
j. the legit and vaude divisions. Mau- 
; rice N. Wolf of Metro and John J. 
i Derwin of United Artists are film 
I rlistrib chiefs, ;■' 



Parsons Goes Mono Indie 

Hollywood. Oct. 9. . 

Lindslev Parsons is giving up his 

siuu^e ot riant; ueutuan. iiji- | , ,. ■ .' ■ „ .* „i 1 \,l,.„r,(..-^rr, 

merly ,,f Acme Photo Service, Mt^^^Mj JS^ 



WBs "Therese" 

Warner Bros, is 75% backer of the 
Barney Klawans-Victor Payne-Jer.- 
iiiugs production of "Therese," which 
preemed at the Biltmore, N, Y.. last 
night (.Tues.) and which, ■ too, is 
based on the Zola novel. 



lesigned a while back. 



but will remain on the lot as an in 
die producer at the head of his own 
Lindsley Parsons Productions. Inc. 

.Resignation b e c o m e s effective 
when he -winds up etliling chores on 
"Suspense" and "Swing Parade of 
1946," Meanwhile- he ■ will continue 
have authored. Book done only so ; to cbrpi'o.duce the Bowery Boys 
far, with lunesmith to be selected, i- series" will) Jan Grippo, and retain 
Authors aver it can be put on j his financial interest in the. Charlie 



RKO's 50% Musical Bid 

ttKO Pictures may bankroll 50% 
of a proposed $100,000 musicomedy 
which Malt Brooks and Eddie Dav 



for lono. 



Ch.fii pictures. 



It's IX Col. Joe Serkowieh 

Joseph Serkowieh. 29-year-old 
■ nephew of Ben^- Serkowieh. Capitol 

theatre, N. Y.. publicist, has . been 
| promoted to Iteutenant-colonel in 

the Army. He's now in China, but 
! was advertising manager of tin- 
j Capterpillar Tractor Co.. iV. Peoria. 
I HI., before entering the service'. 

Two brothers of Joseph also are 
I in the service. Harold Serkowieh 

is a captain in the. Marines, lie 
' formerly was an assistant manager 
! at the Astor hotel. N. Y. Another. 
' Tom, is a lieutenant in the Navy. 



following a trip to Boston to make 
arrangements for the regional meet- 
ing which went, off at the Staller 
hotel yesterday (Tuesday). 

Charles Thall. liason for Charles 
P. Skouras, western regional chair- 
man, arrived from Los Angeles, yes- 
terday, Ralph McGowan. liaison for 
Harry C, Arthur, central, regional 
chairman, and Herman Schlcier, 
liaison for Harry '-Bran/It. '■■eastern 
regional chairman, are already setup 
at.WAC headquarters. Arthur will 
meet with hi.s group at the Coronada 
hotel. St. Louis. Oct, 11 while 
Brandt's meet is scheduled for the 
Astor hotel, N. Y.. Oct. 17-; '. 

Ferdinand Reinlieb, accountant 
and purchasing agent for the Raxy 
theatre. N: Y., has been named ac- 



Toledo Thelit es Help 
'Home for a Hero' Drive 

Toledo, Oct. 9. 
' Sgt. Carl Winzeler. Toledo's most 
severly Injured, war hero, was the 

object of _ a week's campaign, be- counling chairman , for . the Victory 
g.nning-last Thursday 4. by Toledo Loatl f0r (he G ,. eate| . N _ y ^ £ 
theatres, who. are collecting funds \lrvmg Lesser, managing director of 
from audiences for the Home for a | the theatre. Reinleib was in cllarse- 

: Hero" fund. Wishing-wclls were ot a „ r(Jcol . ds for t he. : Seventh War • 
placed in theatre lobbies,of down- j r, na „ Drive. 

-town houses, while neighborhood I '.— . ,i. 

houses 'made their own arrangements \ _ „ 

for acceptance of contributions. I CONCERTO TAG HIGHBROW 
Su.1. Winzeler lost two legs and his. Hollywood. Oct. 9. 

right -hand while rescuing six bud- Frank Borzage is hunting a neiv' 

■ dies under enemy fire in the Luxem- *We f " 1 ' his i ' "Ciincerto" prdditeiti''!! 

' Hours '.drive,' -The committee hopes ] at Republic, following widespread. 

. to have a home for Winzeler and his ! squawks from exhibitors, - 
.wile completed by the time the | ■• Ex hips .declare the title is lop 
h'e-ro \.. released from- Percy Jones i highbrow for the bulk of the film 

; Gencal horpital. Where is b'oing fit- trade and carries no. ■"■weight at the 

' ted with artificial limbs. boxoffice. 




MICHAEL Ci/RTIZ 

diVect«</ / 



12 



PICTURE GROSSES 



Wednesdays October 10, 1945 



'State Fair Solid 60G, 4 L A. Spots; 
letters' Wow 52G in 2, 'Southerner 
% Fat 40G,i 'Wonder' Ditto, 2d Wk. in t 



Los Angeles. Oct. 9. '•» 
: - Fitst-,r(iri take, is above average 
this week, with upswing .attributed 
to three strong new bills. "State 

'Fair," in (our locations, is clocking, 
solid $00,000. while ''Love .Letters," 
in. two theatres, is comparatively 
stronger with $52 500. 

••The Southerner" looks handsome 

■S40.60Q or near in four soots. Second 
frame of "Wonder Man." in two 
houses, looks stout $40,000. Picture is 
not measuring up to hopes for its 
first session but still hit sock $37,200. 
''Vines Have Tender Grapes" . is 
smooth $43,500 on second week in 
three spots. ''Rhapsody In Blue" is 
finally winding up its run here with 

i steady $29,000 in fourth frame, three 
houses. "Great John L." is going to 
$22,000 in lour spots, second week, 
Estimates for 'this Week ...x 
Beverlv Hills Music Hall iBIumcn- 
feld-G&S) (824; 55-K1) — •■South- 
erner" OJA). Stout K6,500; Last 
week. "Guest Wife 
6 days), $2,600. 

Carlhav Circle (.FWC I t L518: 50- 
$1)— "State Fair" (20th) and ••Mama 
Loves Papa" (RKO). Sturdy §8.500 
in 6 days. Last week, "Ladv On 
Train" <U) and "Swing Out Sister" 
tU> (2d wk), $2,800. 

Chinese (Grauman-WC > (2.04R: 50- 
Sl)— "State Fair" (20th) and "Mama 
Loves Papa" l RKO). Hefty S14.500. 
Last week. "Lady On Train" «U> and 
"Swing Out Sister" (U) (2d wk). 
only $5,600. 

Downtown (WB) (1.800: 50-$l)— 
"Rhapsody in Blue" iWB) 14th wk). 
Steady $12,000. Last week, nice };15,- 
500. 

Downtown Music Hall (Blumon- 
feld) (900; 55-$1.20)— ••Southerner" 
(UA). Big $19,500. Last week, "Guest 
Wife" (UA) (4th wk-6 days), closed 
at $8,800. 

Egyptian (FWC) (1,538; 50-$l)— 
"Vines Have Tender Grapes'' (M-G) 
(2d wk). Okay $10,500. Last week, 
below average $12,800. 

Four Star (UA-WC) (900; 50-S1)— 
"Great John L." (UA) and "True 
Glory" (Col) (2d wk). Fancy $3,500. 
Last week. «ood S5.200. 

Guild (FWCf (968; 5!V$1)— "John 
L." (UA) and "True Glory" (Col) 
<2d wk). Good $4,500. Last week. 



Broadway Grosses 



Estimated Total Gross 
This Week . . . ... , ,$695,000 

(Based on 17 theatres)' . 
Total Gross Same Week 

Last Year $546,000 

(Bnsed on 16 theatres) '. 



'Wonder Man' Colossal 
16& Pitt; 'Jones' Only 
17iG, 'Police' Wow 5iG 

Pittsburgh, Oct. 9. 
Only two new pictures in town, 
•Wonder Man," doing terrific al Ful- 
ton, and "Along Came Jones," only 
getting an average total at the Stan- 
ley. Holdovers of "State Fair," al 
Harris, and "Anchors Aweigh,". at 
(UA ) (4th ; , wk- j penn, :bovh in second frames,: are 
great. "Northwest Mounted Police." 
reissue," is smash at the Senator. , set- 
ting a new record last Saturday, • 
Estimates for This Week 
Fulton (Shea) (1,700; 40-65) — 
"Wonder Man" (RKO). B r o k e 
Wednesday <3) opening-day reeor 1 



Patuck'-Vaude Best 
Bet in Omaha, $16,500 1 

Omaha, (pet. 9; 
drph'euiv, leads here this week with 1 
| '•Patrick the Great" and eighteenth j 
anniversary stage . show licaded by 
Gil. Lamb, ■:'.'. 

Estimates for This Week 
Oi'iihcuni (Tristatcs) (3,000: 20-70) 
^'•Patrick the Great" (U) and stage 
show with Gil .Lamb, and others. 
Sturdy $16,500. . Last week, "Guest 
Wife" i UA ) and "Within These 
Walts" (20th L extra good $11,800. 

IMramounl (Tristatcs) (3.000; 16- 
601— ••llighnc.-s and Bellboy" i.M-G >. 
Good S9.500 or more. Last week, 
"Bell for Adano" (20th), $9,000. -. 

Brandeis ( RKO) (1,500; 16-60 >— : 
•.George White's Scandals", t RKO ) 
and "Falcon San Francisco" (RKO). 
Okay $7,000. Last week, "Wonder 
Man" i RKO) and "Shanghai Cobra" 
(Mono), $7,800. 

Omalia (Tristates) (2.000; 16-60)— 
•Guest Wife" (UA) and "Within 
These Walls" (20th) (m.o.). Trim 
$8,56.0. Last week, <!Anchors Aweigh" 
(M-G'). $8,800 On moveover. 

Stale (Goldberg) (865; 15-50)— 
"Great. John L." (UA) (2d run) and 
•Dorian Gray" (M-G) (3d. run). 
Light $2,200. Last week, "Thrill of 



Hub Off With H.0.s Blamed; 'Marines' 
, Kaye Ups 'Gang Big $30,100 



Key City Grosses 

Estimated Total Gross 

This Week ........ $2,!I12,200 

i Based on 21 Cities, 178: thea- 

ties, chiefly first runs, tiiclucliiip 

.V. Y.) : 

Total Gross Same Week 

Last tear . . . . . $2.74!t..»00 

(Based on 24 eilivs. 189 theatres) 



'Radio Stars' Helped To 
$22,000 by J. Dorsey In 
Mpls.; 'Lady' Bright 12G 



Romance" (M-G) (3d run), big $3,400. 



and will blaze through to $16,500; 
sensational at this spot. Lang rfui 
looms. Last week, "Bell for Adam/' 
(20th). about $3,500 m 4 days of 
third sesh. 

Harris (Harris) (2.250; 40-651 — 
"State Fair" (20th) (2d wkl. Still . 
plenty of moxie left in, this, which m * downtown 



'Kiss, Tell' Smash 
$18,000, Cincy Ace 



Cincinnati. Oct. 9. 
Two. smash newcomers and win 
ning markers for holdovers are -giv- 



MiuneapohX Oct. 9, 
- With holdovers predominating. 
Jimmy Dorsey 's bund . on the stage 
is boosting "Radio Stars on Parade' 
to best figure in town nt Orpheum. | Average~$27,000 
However, the State's "Lady on. a 
Train", is the standout picture cur- 
rently. 

, Estimates for This Week 
Aster i Par-Singer r (900: 15-25)— 
"Song of Prairie" i20ih>, "Dangerous 
Intruder" (PRC) and "Come Out 
Fighting" (Mono). Oke $1.800 -in 5 
days. Last week. "Caribbean. Mys- 
tcrv". (20th) and "Swingin'. on Rain- 

I "Imilati >n of Life" . 4 U) and "I£as'l 
Side of Heaven" . (U ). (reissues ! 



Boston, 'O^t' 9 
.,Oing so strong'; 
Keith Memorial that it already has 
been booked for third week before: 
second stanza expires. .. "Anchors 
Aweigh" is another winner at Slate 
and Orpheiim on holdovers. Biz is 
not loo big all over this stanza. 
Estimates for This Week . 
Boston (RKO) (3,200; 50-$1.10)— . 
' River Gang" (U) with Sammy Kaye 
inch. Mack & Desmond, Cy Reeves 
[ others, on stage. Big $30,000. Last; 
1 week. "Born lor Trouble" (WB) and 
j "It All Came True" (WB) (reissue); 
> with Bob Chester orch. Steve Evans' 
I others, wow $34,000. 
| Fenway (M-P) (1,375; 40-74)— 
, "Purple Heart" (20t:h) and "My. 
; Friend Flicka" (20th) ( reissues l. .2 
days, phis "You Came Along" (Par) 
aiid "Follbw That Woman" ( Par ). 5 
. days. Thin $5,000. Last week. "Love. 
| Honor" (Rep) and "Boy, Girl, Dog" 
j (Rep). $7,000. 

! Metropolitan (M-P) (4.367; 40-74) 
I --"Pride of Marines" (WB) and 
Scotland Yard Investigator" ( Rep >. 

Last week,- "You 
Came Along" (Par) and "Follow 
That Woman". (Par) (2d wk). $18,000. 

Memorial (RKO) (2,900; 40-74 J — 
"State Fair" (20th) and "Strange 
Confession" (20th). Wow $24,000. tor 
second week. Last week. $29,000. 

Orpheum (Loew) (2.9Q0; 35-75)— 
"Anchors Aweigh" (M-G) (2d wk). 
Great $24,000. Last Week, $29,000, 
I'aiamonnt (M-P) (1.700; 40-'74)— 
Purple Heart" . (20th) and "My 



Came Along" 



2 days. a:id '•" "You 
(Pari and "Follow That Woman" 
(Pari, 5 days. Only $9,000. Last 
week. "Love. Honor" (Rep) and 
"Bow C: il l. Dog" (Rep), solid $13,000. 
State (Loew) (3.200: 35-75 >— "An- ' 
> ehors' Aweigh" (M-G) (2d wk). : 

means around $11,500, good enough | session. "Kiss and Tell" at tlic 1'ai- 'Cheaters" (Rep). Well-liked but I j/mj 0 ' 1 -" S14 ' 000 ' Last Week, big $20,- , 
to insure another week. Last week,.! ace is leader currently, being, sev- | mild S2.500 likely. Last -week. "That's j ' xranslux (Tran.slux) (900 - 20-74 W 

'era! paces ahead of "Her Ht guess | Spirit" ( U). $2,500 _ , •• - ! "Tiger Woman" (Rep) and "Night of 

and Bellboy" in the larger ^,^* A ™ • "fc % ^'^Sff^T K ' S 

stand, but still packs wallop. Good 1 ' : Witness .(Rep) 

$5,000. Last week, "Captain Eddie" 



Old favorites still have what it lakes, 
md groat $9,000 looms. Last week. 
•Over 2.1" (Col) <3d wki. sati.-ffac-' 

* „ P1 T, P ! U G«phe?°; P-Si 1 1,000: 40 , 



"The 



smash $18,000 

Penn lLoew's-UA) (3.300: 40-65)— 
"Anchors Aweigh" (M-G) (2d wk). 
Great $22,000, and may stay a third 
session. Last week, terrific $32,000, 

Ritz. (WB) (800; 40-65 )— "Christ- 
mas in Conn." (WB) (4th wk). Second 
for picture, here alter two weeks at 
Stanley/Will wind up at $3,500. okay 
here. Last week, stout $4,500. 

Senator (Harris) (1,750: 40-65) — 
"Mounted Police" (Par) (reissue). 



in the larger Albee. 
Both are plenty good. 

. Estimates for This Week 
Albee (RKO) (3,100; 44-70)— 
"Highness and Bellboy" (M-G). 
Ritzy $16,000.- Same last week on 
"Vines Tender Grapes" (M-G). 

Capitol' (RKO) (2,000; 44-70)— 
"Rhapsody in Blue" (WB) (2d wk). 

$11,000 after hefty $16,000 



■Walked With Zombie" i RKO), same; 



over average $7,000. I Harris $3 300 

Hawaii (G&S) (956; 55-SD— "The ] Stanley \ (WB) 



House drew biggest Saturday (6) in 
its history and looks at least $5,500. Strong 
great. Likely will hold, llast week. ' tecoff. Holds. • 
'Over 21" (Col), after two weeks all Grand (RKO) ( 1.430: 44-70)— 

_ j -Vines Tender Grapes" (M-G) (m.o.) 



(3,800: 40-651 



Southerner" (UA). Trim $7,500. j "Along 'came Jones" '"(RKO l" Gar-- Wholesome $8,000. Last week. "Born 
Last w-eek "Guest Wife" (UA) (4th i Cooper picture, liked by crioj. but I for Trouble" (WB) and "It All Came 
wk-6 days), neat $4,000 01l]y $17,500 looms, and that's only 

■ Hollywood (WB) 2.. 56: 50-$D— fair here. Last week, "You Came 
"Rhapsody" (WB) (4th wk). Finales Along" (Par). $15,500. 



at $8,090. Last week, nice $11,300 

Hollywood Music Hall (Blumen- j 
fold) (475; 55-85) — "Southerner" 
(U). Stout $6,500. Last week. 
"Guest Wife" (UA) (4th wk-6 days). 
$2,500. 

Loew's State (Loew's-WC) (2.404: 
50-S1) — "State Fair" (20th) and 
"Mama Loves Papa" (RKO). Great 
S27.000. Last week, "Lady on Train" 
<U) and "Swins Out'Sister" (U) (2d 
wk). good $12,800. 

Los Anst-les (D'town-WC) (2.097: 
50-$l )— "Tender Graces" (M-G) (2d 
wki... Fine $24,000. Last week, good 
"$"31,000 but not up to hopes. , 

Ornhcum (D'town ) (2-200: • 65-85) 
— "From Arkansas" (PRC) with 
Carlos Ramirez-Dale Evans on stage. 
Modest $21,000. Last week. "China's 
Little Devils" (Mono) with vaude, 
trim $21,000. 

I'antases (Pan) (2.812; 50 - $1)— 
"Wonder Man" (RKO) (2d wk). 
Steady $20,000. Last week didn't 
live up to ooening pace but still 
great at $301500. 

Paramount (F&M) . (3,398: 50-$D— 
"Love Letters" (Par) and "Swingin' 
on Rainbow" (Rep). Sock $33.5011. 
Last week. "Duffy's" (Par) and "Tell 
to Star" (Rep) (3d wk). biv $15,900. 

Paramount Hollywood (F&M) 11.-. 
451: 50-$l)— "Love Letters" (Par). 
G -eat $18,500. Last week. "Duffy's" 
(Par) (3d wk), sturdy $9,800 



Warner (WB) (2,000: 40-65)— "You 
Came Along" (Par) I m.o.V Near 
average at $7,000, or near. Last week. 
"Endearing Young Charms" (RKO) 
(m.o. ), about same. 



'Came Along' Fast 14G, 
Seattle; 'Wonder 19G 1 



True" (WB) (reissues), sock $11,000. 

Keith's (United) (1,500; 44-70)— 
'"Anchors Aweigh" (M-G). Move- 
I over toy sixth and final downtown 
I cruise. Sharp $5,000 after solid 
$6,000 last scsh. 

Lvric (RKO) (1.400: 44-70 )— "Bern 
tor Trouble" (WB) and "It AU/Came 
True" (WB) (reissues) (m.o. I. Dandy 
$5,500. Last week, "Johnny Angel" 
(RKO). third downtown sesh, all 
ight $4,000. 
Palaec (RKO) (2,600: 44-70)— 
["Kiss and Tell" •(Col). Smash $18.- 
: (100. Last week,. "Shady Lady" (U), 
thin $8,500. - ,.'•'. ' • 

SiuUi£i-i__LRKO) (2.100: 44-70)— 

"State Fair" (20th). • Second round 
UT" morvi5oVBrr*-Rne $5,500 following 
big $9. 500 last week. 



(20th) (2d wk), $4,000. 

Orpheum (P-S) (2.800: 41-701— 
"Radio Stars on Parade" (RKO ) and 
Jimmy Dorsey orch on stage. Dor- 
sey a magnet here, pulling up pic- 
ture to very good $22,000. Last week. 
"1.001 Nights" (U) (2d wki. fair 
$6,000 in 6 days. 

Radio City I P-S) (4,000; 44-60i— 
"Duffy's Tavern" (Par) (2d wk).- A 
boxoffice ace here. . holding to good 
$9,000 after colossal $21,000 initi'aler. 

Stale (P-S) (2.300: 44-00 )— "Ladv 
on Train" ( U). Brisk $12,001). Ll'st 
week. "Slate Fair" (20lh) (2d wk). 
good S 10.000. 

Uptown' (Par) '1.100: 40-50) 
"Christmas in Conn." (20th), First 
nabe ' showing. Big $5,000, Last 
week. "You. Came' Along" (Pari 
$4,000, 

World (Par-SlefTes) ($50: 44-801— 
"Dorian Gray". (M-G'i i2d wk) 
Fancy $3.50.0 after great S4.700 liist 
week. 



Seattle. Oct. 9. 
"You Came Along" and "Wonder 
Man" are leaders of new jyilrics, this 
week, .both vbciiTS!.. strona^_ 

Estimates for This Week 
Blue Mouse (H-E) (800: 45-80)— j 
"Junior Miss" (20th) (2d wki. From I 

Fifth Ave Fanev $6,501. Last | (mm • > <T 11 i Pi t 

week, "Out This world- .Par) tad Marines - 1 ell to Star 

"Tarzan Amazons" (RKO) (3d wki. 
okav S6.000 in 10 davs. 

Fifth Avenue (H-E) (2.349: 45-80) 
— "You Came Along" (Par) and 
"Mama Loves Paoa" (RKO). Bin 
$14,000. Last week. •".Junior Miss" 
(20th), t'reat. $18 000 in 10 davs. 

Lihertv (.T-vIl) (1.650: 45-80)— 
"Over 21" (Col) and "Power of 
Whistler" (Col) (2<l wVy; Sock $11 - 
000. Last week. $15,f00. 

Mii.»i« Box (H-E) (850: 45-801 — 
"Anchors Awcifh" (M-Gi cfrth wk). I ,,,.,,,,. 
Good $5,500 after great $6,900 lasl uvcl - v 



RKO Hillstieet (RKO) (2.890: 50- week. 
80)— "Wonder Man" (RKO) (2dwk). Music Hall IH-F.I (2 200- • 45-811— I 
Steady $20,000, Last week, hefty "Johnny Angel" (RKO) arid "Radio 
$26,700 but well under expectancy. Stars on Parade" (RKO) (2d wki 
Ritz (FWC) (1.370: 50-$).)— "Ten- Okay $7,500 in 6 days after great 
dor Grapes" (M-G) 1 2d wk). Oke $12,600 last week. 
$9,000, Last week, below average ! Orpheum (H-E) (2.600- 45-80)— 
opening, at $11,600. , i "Rhaosodv in Blue" (WBi (2d v k> 

United Artist* (UA-WC) (2.100; | Smash S13. r -"0 a£to—giaxit S 1 SMO 



Skyrockets to $23,500 
InSt.L;'0ver21'19lG 

St. Louis. Oct.. 9. 
The timely booking of "Pride of 
the Marines" and "Tell It to a Star" 
is skyrocketing biz at the 5.000- 
eatcr Fox. "Over 21" is compar-i- 
is big at the smaller Loew's. 
Estimates (or This Week 
Loe.w's (Loew) (3,172; 30-60) — 
"Over 21" (Col) and "Blaekie Booked 
Suspicion" (Col). Solid $19,500. Last 
week. "G. I. Joe" (UA), $18,500. 
Orpheum (Loew) (2,000: 30-60")— 



A. & C. OKAY $13,000, 
PACES SLOW L'VILLE 

Louisville. Oct. 9. 
"Abbott and ' Costello in Holly- 
j wood." at Loew's State, looks to top 
| the list this week. Biz is on the slow 
side, with Louisville in Little World 
| Series keeping patrons away from 
' theatres, . . 

Estimates for This Week 
i Brown < 4th Av.e.-Loew's i (1.100: 
• 40-60) — "Lady dn Train" (U) and 
i "Easy to Look At" (U) (m.o.). Do- 
I ing nicely at $4,000: Last week. "You 
I Came Along" (Pari and "Jealousy" 
j (Par) (m.o.). $4,500. , 
j Kentucky (Swilowi ( 1 ,200: 30-40 1 
—"Nob Hill" (20(h) and "Unseen" 
I (Par). Trim $1,700. La-d week 



'FAIR' SNAPPY 16G, 
PROV.; 'BLESSED' 15G 

... ^voyide-i^O; Oct. !). 
hi: ;..-.ic's "State Fair" and Loew 
S a^e s "Twice Blessed" highlight the 
new spots. RKO Albce's "Wonder 
! Man" rolls along in its 'second week, 
j ('ping great trade. , 
[• r:*' , Estima:-JS for This Week 

Albee (RKO) " (2,200; 44-60)— 
["Wonder Man" (RKO) and "Two 
i O'clock Courage" (RKO) (2d wk). 
Spotting i'uTcy $14,000 after . wow 
Sin. 000 in opener, 
j Carlton (Fay-Locw) (1.400: 40-50) 
! —"All Came True" (WB) and "Born 
i lor Trouble" ( WB) (reissues). Nice 
j $5,000. Last week, "G. I. Joe" (UA) 
and "Crime Doctor's Courage" 
(M-G) (2d run). $4,000. 
| Fay's (Fay) (1.400: 40-50)— "Sun- 
1 set in El Dorado" (Rep) and vaude 
en stage; Fancy .$7,000. Last week. 
"Easy to Look At" (U) and vaude 
on stage, good $6,000. 
I Majestic (Fay) (2,200; 43-60)— 
I "Stale Fail" (20th). Snappy $16,000. 
i Last week, "Pride of Marines" (WB) 
| i >d wk). nice $12,000. 

Metropolitan iSnidCr) (3.200; 44- 
I 85)— "Behind City Lights" (Rep) and 
I Enoch Light orch heading stage show 
| lor three-day weekend run. So-so 
j .$5,000. Last week. "Vampire's 
| Ghost" (Mono) and Jaques Renard 
\ orch on stage, fairish $2,500 for Sun- 
day stand. " 

Slate (Loew) (3.200; 43'- 60) - 
"Twice Blessed" (M-G) and "Be- 
witched'' (M-G). Healthy $15,000. 
Last week. "Guest Wife" (UA), 
strong $18,000. 

Slrand (Silverman) (2.200: 44-60) 
—"Duffy's Tavern" (Par). Opened 
! Monday <8)., Last week "You Came 
Along" >P«r) and "Tell to Star" 



50-SD— "John L." (UA) and "True 
Glory" (Col) (2d wk). Smooth $9.- 
500. Last week, okay $14,200, . . 

Uptown (FWC) (1.790: 50 -$D— 
"State, Fair" (20th) .and "Mama 
Loves Paoa" (RKO). Strong $10,000. 
Last week, "Lady on Train" (.U) and 
. "Swine Out Sister" iU) )2d wk ). 
only $3,400. ', ' ■, 

Vogue (FWC) (885: : 50. - Si ) — 
"Heaven Can Wait" 1 20th) < reissue). j 
snd "Fighting Ladv" (20thi. Thin j 
52.000. Last week, "jungle C.iolive" i 
(U) arid- "Frbv.cn Ghost" (U) ('2d! 
wk-6 days). $2,300. '• • ; 

Wilshire 4 FWC)- (2.296: 50 - $1 )— j 
. "John L." (UA) and "True Glory" I 
fCol) (2d wk). Okay $4,500, Last I 
week, good $8,200. .. ■'.,-:' I 

Wiltem (WB) (2.300; 50 - i\1 — 
"Rhapsody" (WB) (4th ,wk>. Big 
$9,000i . Last, week, great $12.60Q. 



bpciuns week. ' 

Pa,lom»r (Sterling) (1.350; 25-50 1 ! 
—"Sunset in El Dorado" iReoi viul 
"Arson Souad" (PRC). Fairish %g.- \ 
010. Last week. "White Pon-jo" i 
(PRC) and "Behind City Lights" i 
(Rep), $6,500. 

I'ai'ainoiiiit (H-E) < 3.039: 45-80 V— 
"Wonder Man" (RKO,). Grand $19.- 
000. Last week. "G. I. Joe" (UAi, 
nice $13,800 in 9 days. - . 

Roosevelt -(Sterling) ( 1100 : 45-8:)) — 
"G. 1. Joe" (UA). From Paramount. 
Good $5,000. Last week. "Uncle 
Harry". ( U) '2d wk). big .$4,230 in 5 
days. 

Winter Garden (Stcrlrng) (800: 25- 
50)— "Salty' O'Rourke" .(Par) and 
"China Sky" (RKO). (3d run). Big 
$5,000. Last week. "The Clock" (M- 
G) and "Pillow to Post" (WB). 
groat i$5i 100 on third run. . . .. ... 



"Thrill of Romance" iM-G > and 
My Lawyer" (U), $1,800. 
| Loew's State (Loew's) (3.30(1; 40- 
; 60 Win Hollywood" < M-G) and 
! "Naughty Marietta'' (M-G i (reissue) 
i Looks town topper at okay $13,000. 
] Last week. . "Vine Have Tender 
I Grapes". (M-G) and "Hidden Eye" 
I (M-G), fair $12,000. 

Mary Anderson (Peoole'sl 1 1 000- 
"G. I. Joe (UA). Nice $6,500. Last j 40-60 WRIiapsodv in Blue" ( WB ) 
week,; "Anchors: Aweigh" (M-G').i ,Sd wk>. Solid $7,000. Last week 
$9,000. j was big $9,000. ... 

Ambassador (F&M) (3.000: 50-60) NalI»iml_/.S^andai;<J-)_ (2.400: 50-75 ) 



g'^V J i Pal) (2d wk), good $9,000. 



—"Rhapsody in Blue" (WBi (2d 
wk). Will tack on $14,500 to swell 
$20,600 of first stanza.; • . . 

Fnx (F&M) (5,000; 50-60)— "Pride 
of Miirines" (WB) and "Tell It to a 
Slat" i Ren), Socko $23,500. Last, 
wr.ek. "Why Girls Leave Home" , 
(PRC) and "Jealousy" (Rop), $15 000 JP*$& 'Foiulh Avenue) (3,400: 40- 

Mi-„„ri ,lf»il -,nmi i' 1 , 1 ff " nilcl ' Man ' RKO') and 

.Ui'Miuri ( h&m) (.,,.)00; aO-60) — "West of Pecos" iHKn i Mn/iiiiw, 

"Lady on Train" (U) and "Girls j $ ,TooO S,- >™™L»»M. "Lady 

' Train" «U ) and "Easy to Look' At" 



Night Club Gill" (Ul and vaude 
bill headed by Guy Kibbee and Mary 
Beth Hughes, others. Got flock of 
newspaper publicity, which is help- 
ing to good $11,000. Last week, 
"Arson Squad" (PRC) and vaude on 
-stage, fair $8,500. • 



Leave Home" (PRC). Neat $9,200. 
Last week. "Naughty Nineties'' (Ul 
and "Captain Eddie" (20th) $11,000. 
St. Louis (F&M) (4,000; 40-50 1— 
I "Corn Is Green" (WB) and "Junior 
Mi-s" (20th). Okay $6,800. Last week, 
"Baby Face Morgan" (PRC) and 



"Hold That -Woman" .(PRC),' $6,500. ! $4,000. 



(Ul. fine $15,000 and moveover. 

Strand (Fourth Avenue) (1.400; 40- 
60)— "Uncle Harry" (U) and "Mama 
Loves Papa" (RKO). Modest $4,500 
Last week. "On Stage Everybody" 
(Ui and "Caribbean Mystery" (20th) 



N. Y. Incorps. 

Albany. Oct 9. 
Continental Motion Picture.; Corp. 
chartered to deal in films and sound 
tracks, with offices in Now "York. 
Capital stock is 100 shares, no par 
value. 

Film Rights Export Corp. and Film 
Rights International, Xtdv, chartered 
to conduct a business in films and 
negatives, with offices in New York. 

Alliance Productions, Inc.) char- 
tered at Los Angeles to conduct a 
theatrical business, now maintains 
New! York State offices in Now York 
City. Edward Gro;;s is president of 
the corporation, which has a capital 
stock of 3,000 shares, no par value. 

Olympic Productions, Inc., char- 
tered to conduct a business in mo- 
tion picture production, films and 
negatives, with offices in New York. 
Capital stock is $20,000, $1 per value. 
Directors are Arma'nd D. Deulsch, 
New York City; Stanley E. Kramer, 
Beverly Hills, Cal.; Nathan W. 
i Levin,. New York. • 



Wednesday, October 10, 1915 



PICTURE GROSSES 



13 



Dolly Sisters'-Regan Hot 65G, Chi; 
Marines' Wow 30G, Harry' Hefty 28G 



Chicago, Oct. 9. ♦ 

•The Dolly Sisters," having its 
world preero at the Chicago, is this 
week's outstanding entry. Turn- 
away crowds on" opening day (Fri.), 
aided by the personal appearances of 
June Haver, one of Aim's stars, 
George Jessel and other 20th-Fox 
himinaries gave it a good getaway, 
with hangup $65,000 likely. Phil 
Began heads stage show. 

Other new attractions are "Pride 
of Marines," at the Roosevelt, which 
should garner splendid $30,000 and 
Palace s twin bill of "Uncle Harry" 
and "Easy to Look At," with rousing 
$28,000 on top. Oriental looks to very 
good $35,000 for last six. days of "G.I. 
Joe" and Frankie Masters orch-Bill 
Robinson combination, in third 
stanza. 

Estimates for This Week 

Apulia (B&K) (1.200; ' 55-95)— 
"1.001 Nights" (Col) (3d wk,). Nice 
$10,000. Last week, $12,000. 

Chicago (B&K) (3,900; 55-95)— 
"Dolly Sisters" (20th) with Phil 
Regan heading stage show. Bangup 
$85,000. Last week, "Over 21" (Col) 
and stage- show headed by Henny 
■Tfoiingman (2d wk), strong $41,000, 

ftarrick (B&K) (900; 55-951— "In 
Hollywood" (M-G) and "Hidden 
Eye" "(M-G ) (2d wk). Bright $12.- 
000. Last week, snappy $14,000. 

Grand (RKO) (1,150; 55-95 )— "East. 
Side Heaven" (U) and "Imitation of 
Life" (U) (reissues') (3d wk in Loop). 
Sturdy $11,000. Last week, "Mounted 
Police" (Par) (reissue) (2d wk). 5 
daj'Si and "Back Bataan" (RKO) (3d 
wk in Loop), 5 days, and "East Side 
Heaven" (U) and "Imitation of Lv"e" 
(Uj (reissues). 2 days, snug $10,000. 

Oriental (Iroquois) (3,240: 55-95)— 
"C.I. Joe" (UA) and Bill Robinson 
and Fryhkie Masters orch (in stage. 
Six days of third week. Robust $35,- 
000. Last week, strong $46,000. 

1'alare (RKO) (2,500; 55-95)— 
"Uncle Harry" (U) and "Easv to 
Look -At" <U>. Rousing $28,000. Las* 
week. "East Side Heaven" (U) and 
"Imitation Of Life" (U) (reissues >, 
5 days, and "Harry" (U) and "Easy 
Look At" (U). 2 days, dandy $23,500. 

Roosevelt (B&K) (1.500; 55-95)— 
'Pvide cf Marines" (WB). Stout 
$30,000. Last week. "Christmas in 
Conn." (WB) (5th wk), rousing $18.- 
000. 

Stale-Lake (B&K) (2,700; 55-95)— 
"Love Letters" (Par) (3d wk). 
Brisk $28,000. Last week. $32,000. 

United Artists (B&K) (1,700: 55- 
95,)— "Anchors A weigh" (M-G » (4th 
w k i. Solid $20,000. Last week. $24,- 
000. 

Woods OCssnness) • (1.200: 55-95)— 
"Johnny Angel" (RKO) (2d wk). 
Corking $26,000. Last week, near 
same. . 



Tavern' Strong 
$35,000, Frisco 

San Francisco, Oct. 9. 

"Duffy's Tavern" opened bis at 
Fox. (he sole opening downtown in a 
relatively quiet week punctuated bv 
the telephone and bus strikes which 
may upset the prospects later on. All 
holdovers are stout. 

Estimates for This Week 

Fox (FWC) (4,651; 55-85)— "Duffy's 
Tavern" (Pari. Strong $35,000. Last 
week. "Love Letters" (Pari (2d wk ). 
nice $23,000. 

Wai-Jleld (FWC) (2,656; 55-851— 
Rhapsody in Blue" (WB) (Sri wk). 
Oood $20,000. . Last week, trim $27.- 

J'aramouht (FWC) (2.640; 55-85)— 
Tender Grapes" (M-G) (2d wk). 
line $21,000. Last week, thumping 
$28,000, and way over expectancy. 

St. Francis (FWC) (1,400: 55-85)- 
'Love Letters" (Par) (m.o. I. Fantiv 
$14:000. Lsst week, "Mounted Police" 
(Pari (reissue), $10,000. 
.■„**»te (FWC) (2,133; 55 - 85 1— 
Shores of Tripoli" (20th I (reissue ). 
Routine $10,000. Last week. "Won- 

«100« an " lRK0 • , (71n .•**>• solid 
Golden. Gate (RKO) (2,448: 00-95 ) 
— Johnny Angel" (RKO ) (2d wk ) 
and Joe Reicbman orch on stage. 
Plettsihg $32,000; Last week, with 
Louis -Armstrong- orch, great $38,000. 
/United Artists (Blnmcnfeld) (1?207: 
40-8;j i — "Bedside Manner" (UA' (2d 
w.ki. Robust $14,000. Last week, 
excellent $16,500. 
.Orpheum (Blumenfeld) (2,448: 40- 
ionT,!' 0vcl ' 2I " (Coly (2d wk i. Stout 
MO.O0O or over. Last week, soeko 
a -'.?00. -and a bit over hcoes. ' ■ 



'Kiss' Lasty 18G, Balto; 
'Capt. Kidd' Okay 15C 

c ".- '"/-.'Baltimore. Oct. 9. 

s.tcaay biz h§i-e r 'M,hi8 Week, will) 
Kiss and Tell." at the combo Hippo- 
drome, teachiiig a robust total, .and 
/-aptain Kidci" doing iairlv well at 
Locw.s Century. " 

Estimates fof This Week 

fiW» (Loew's-UA i (3.000: 20-CO ! 
~ 'Captain Kidd"(UAi. Getting some 
M'Mte at around $15,000. Last week. 



"Tender. Grapes" (M-G), okav at 
$16,200. 

Hippodrome (Rappaport) (2,240; 
25-74)— "Kiss and Tell" (Col) plus 
vaude. Reaching for strong $18,000. 
Last week. "Over 21" (RKO) (2d 
wk), nice $12,900. 

. Keith's' (Schanberger) (2,460; 20- 
60)— "Shady Lady" (Par). Opens to- 
morrow (Wed.) after 10 days of 
"Lady on Train" (U) to rousing 
$18,800. 

Mayfair (Hicks) (80; 25-55>— "Wo- 
man in Green" (U). Drawing aver- 
age response at $4,000. Last week. 
"Crime Inc." (PRC), ; in similar 
groove at $3,700. 

New (Mechanic) (1,680; 20-60)— 
"State Fair" (20th) (3d wk). Going 
nicely at $6,603 alter a strong $7,400 
last week. 

. Stanley (WB) (3,280: 25 - 65 j — 
"Rhapsody in Blue" (WB) (2d wk'. 
Holding well at $17,000 after smash 
getaway at $20,600. ■ 

Valencia (Loew's-UA) (1.840: 20- 
60) — "Tender Grapes*' (M-G) (m.o.i. 
Average $4,000. Last week, "Guest 
Wife" (UA) (m.o.), $3,800. 

'Wife' Loud $26,500 in 3 
Denver Spots; 
Bangnpl9G, 'Tavern' 161G 

Denver, Oct. 9, 

"Anchors A'weigh" is doing top 
money for a single theatre, at the 
Orpheum. "Guest Wife" will land 
the greatest total, playing at three 
houses. "Duffy's Tavern" is packing 
the Denham to win a holdover. 
Estimates for This Week 

Aladdin (Fox) (1,400: 35-74)— 
"State Fair" <20th) and . "Shanghai 
Cobra" (Mono), after, week at Den- 
ver. Esquire. Webber. Big $8,000. 
Last week. "Pride of Marines" (WB) 
and "Tell It to Star" (Rep) (m.o.)", 
good $6,000. 

l>enham (Cockrill j (1.750; 35-70 )— ■ 
"Duffy's Tavern" (Par). Great $16.- 
500. and holds. Last week. "Incen- 
diary Blonde" (Par) (4th wk) and 
"Unseen" (Par), fine $11,500. 

Ilenver (Fox) (2,525: 35-741— 
"Guest - Wife" (UA) and "Crime 
Doctor's Warning". (Col), day -date 
wiih Webber. Esquire. Fancy $18,- 
000. Last week. "State Fair" (20th) 
and "Shanghai Cobra" (Mono), also 
Esciuire, Webber, big $20,CO0, 

Esquire (Fox) (742: 35-74 )— "Guest 
Wife" (UA) and "Crime Doctor's 
Warning" (Col), also Denver. Web- 
ber. Brisk 4.500. Last week, "State 
Fair" (20th) and "Shanghai Cobra" 
(Mono), also Denver, Webber, nice 
$4:000. 

Orpheum (RKO) (2.600: 35-74)— 
"Anchors A weigh". (M-G I. Great 
S.' 9.000. and holds. Last week. 
"Gebrce While Scandals" (RKO ) 
and "West of Pecos" (RKO), big 
$l(i.000. 

Paramount (Fox) (2.200: 35-74)--.- 
"Wildfirc" (SG) and "River Gang" 
(U>. Big $11,000. Last week. "Men 
in Diary" (U) and "Jungle Captive" 
(U>. fine $10,000. 

Riallo (Fox ) (878: 35-74 )— "Pride 
of Marines" (WB) and "Tell It to 
Star" (Ren), after week at each 
Denver. Esquire. Webber, Aladdin. 
Good $4,500. Lr.st week. "Lady on 
Train" (U) and "Forever Yours" 
( Mono ) ( m.o. ). eoori $4,500. 

Webber (Fox ) (750- 35-74 )— "Guest 
Wife" (UA) and "Crime Doctor's 
Coin-age" (Col ). also Esquire. Den- 
ver. Fine $4,000. Last week. "Stale 
Fair" (20th) and "Shanghai Cobra" 
(Mono), also Esquire. Denver, fine 
$4,000 



'Rhapsody Terrif 25G, 
Buff.; Tavern' Tall 22C 

Buffalo, Oct. 9. 

Business snapped back this -week, 
'with "Rhapsody in Blue" and 
"Duffy's Tavern." leading the big 
upbeat. 

Estimates for This Week 

Buffalo (Shea i (3,500: 40-70)— 
"Dull'v's Tavern" (Par i. Smash 
$22,()0.0.or better -Last, week,- "Junior 
Miss" -(20th) and "Way Ahead" 
(20th). br.rely passable at $13,000. 

Great Lakes (Shea) (3.000: 40-70) 
—"Rhapsody in Blue" (WB). Ter- 
rific $25,000 or close. Last week. 
"Anchors Aweigh" (M-G )(3d wk I, 
heftv. $11,000. 

Hipp (Sheai (2.100: 40-70 i— "II 
All Came True" (WB) and "Always 
in Heart" (WB) (reissues). Trim 
$10,000. Last week, "You Came 
Along" (Par) and "Apology for 
Murder" (PRC) ( m.o. ). stout $10,500. 

LafayeCu (Basil ) (3,300; 40-70 '— 
"Beside Manner" (UA ) and "Ten 
Cents a Dance" (CoD. Tall $13,500. 
Last week. "On Stage Everybody" 
(U) and "Woman in Green" (U). 
modest S8.500. 

2«(h Century (20th Cent.) (.1,000: 
40-7OI— ■•Gcorue While's Scandals" 
(RKO ) and "Falccn in San Fraii- 
eisco"' (RKO i '3d wk ). Mildish 
$7,000 after I'tutsirig; $15,000 first 
week. • 



/Corn' Lush HICMont'l 

Montreal, Oct. 9. 

Bad weather is slowing biz in 
nearly all spots. "Corn Is Green" 
looks tops. ' 

Estimates for This Week 

Palace (CT) (2,700; 35-62)— "Af- 
fairs of Susan" (Par). Neat $9,000 
for second week. Last w-eek. big 
$14,000 for opener, 

Capitol (CT) (2,700; 35-62)— 
"Where Go From Here" (20th) and 
"I'm From Missouri" (Par). Fine 
$12,500. Last week. "Pillow to Post" 
(WB) and 'Town Went Wild" (PRC), 
$8,500. 

Loew's (CT) (2,800: 35-67)— "Corn 
Is Green" (WB). Sturdy $14,500. 
Last week. "Incendiary Blonde" 
(Par), $9,OC0 for third week. 

Princess (CT) (2,300; 35-47)— 
"Fighting Guardsman" (Col) and 
"Gay Senorita" (Col). Solid $7,500, 
and holds. Last week. "Frozen 
Ghost" (U) and "Jungle Captive" 
(U), $5,000. 



'Murder-Carle 
Det Leader; 43G 

.■--.--' Detroit, Oct. 9. 

"Murder He Says." at the Michi- 
gan with Frankie Carle band and 
others on stage, looks like the best 
bet currently. Otherwise;-' the first 
games of World Series here have' 
slowed up biz apparently. "BJood on 
Sun" is. solid on second week at the 
Palms-State, and an exception to 
downtrend. ; 

Estimates far This Week V 

United Artists (United Detroit ) (3.- 
000; 60-85 (—"Highness and Bellbov" 
(M-G) and "Hidden Eye" (M-G)'. 
Fine K19.000. Last Week, "Anclws 
A weigh" (M-G) and "Swing Shift 
Cinderella" (M-G) (4th wk), good 
$14,000. 

Braadway-Capitsl (United Detroit) 
(2,800: 60-85) — "Johnny Angel" 
(RKO) and "Radio St»rs Parade" 
(RKO). From Michigan, good $15.- 
000. Last week. "You Came Along" 
(Par) and "Come Out Fighting" 
(Mono). 'from Michigan. $13,500. 

Madison (United Detroit)— "With- 
out Love" (M-G) and "Flame Bar- 
bary Coast" (RKO). Fairish $5,400. 
Last week, "It's a Pleasure" (RKO ' 
and "This Man's Navy" (Mono). $5.- 
000. 

Michigan (United Detroit) (4^000: 
00-90)— "Murder He Says" (Par) and 
Frankie Carle orch on stage. Wow 
$43,000. Lust week. "Johnny Angel" 
(RKO) and "Radio Stars Parade" 
(RKO),- fine $27,000. 

Palms-State (United Detroit) (3.- 
000: 60-85)— "Blood on Sun" (UA) 
and "Phantom 42d St." (Mono) (2d 
wk ). Solid $19,000. Last week, great 
$24,000. 

nowntown (Balaban) (2,800; 60-90) 
—"Fatal Witness" (Rep) with Peggy 
Ryan. Mills Bros., Henny Yourtgman 
on stage. Fine $24,000. Last week. 
"Why Girls Leave Home" (PRC) 
plus "Miss America of 1945." "Miss 
Detroit," and johnny "Scat" Davis 
on stage, good $22,500. ; 

Adams (Balaban) (1.700; 60-85)— 
"Wonder Man" (RKO> and "Sgt. 
Mike" (Col) (4th wk). Steady $14,- 
000 after neat $15,000 last week. 

Vox (Fox-Michigan) (5.000; 60-85) 
—"Over 21" (Col) and "Can't Do 
Without Love" (Col), and Dr. I. Q. 
on stage one night. Modest $27,000. 
Last week. "State Fair" (20th) and 
"River Gang" (U) (2d wk). fine 
$29,000 afler first week's sock $39,000. 



'Christmas' Terrif 18C 
In Spotty K.C; 'Police' 
Bright 13G, 'Pride 14G 

Kansas City, Oct. 9. 

Despite dew screen fare at all the 
ideluxers here biz generally is spotty 
"Christmas in Connecticut." dualed 
with "Falcon in San Francisco" at 
the Orpheum. is tops by a wide mar- 
gin. "Pride of Uie^Marines." at the 
Newman, is next. best. .. ,'■.; .' 
Est' mates, for This Week 

Esquire, Uptown and Fairway 
(Fox-Midwest) (820. 2,043 ar.d 700: 
40-00 1— "Mounted Police" (Par) (re- 
issue i. Bright $13,000. Last •; week. 
"State. Fair" (20th) (2d wk), greal 

$15,000. : 

Midland (Loew's) ,(3.500: 45-65 1— 
' Twice Blessed'.' (M-G ) and ' Be- 
witched'' (M-G). Modest $12,000. 
Last week. "Over 21" (Col t and "10c 
a Dance" (Col), lusty $17,000. and 
beyond hopes. • 

Newman (Paramount) (1.900: 4f>- 
65 )— "Pride of Marines" (WB). Stout 
$14,000. Last week, "Incendiary 
Blonde" (Par) (3d wk.h nice $8,000. 

Orpheum (RKO ' < 1:500; 46-65 ) - 
"Cnrislinas in Conn." (WB) aiid 
"Palcon San Francisco" (RKOi. 
SoCko. $18,001). Last week. "Back to 
Bataan" (RICO) and "Mama Loves 
Papa" (RKO). big $14,000. 

Tower (FoWoffec i 1 2.100: 39-00 ) 
—"While Pongo" (PRC I and "F-iisy 
to Look At" ( 0 1 with vaude. Bi« 
$10,500. . Last week, "Caribbean M^s- 
tery" (20fh) and ".Midnight Mar- 
hunt" (Par; plus stage revue. $10,000. 



Waldorf Sock 125G, N.Y.; Joe' Big 
26G at Pop Scale, Mild 8G, Roadshow, 
WTall40G,1)2dSt.'-Stagel00G,2d 



Broadway currently shows some 
slackening of pace by holdovers but 
these, together with new bills, still 
add up to a respectable gross total. 
Weather has' been generally favor- 
able, and the past weekend showed 
good strength 

In the sensational class among new 
arrivals is "Weekend at the Waldorf" 
which will end its first week tonight 
at around $125,000. "G.I. Joe" is 
day-and-dating in two -Times Square 
houses, the Globe and Gotham, with 
the policy continuous at the former 
while at latter, a smaller operation, 
picture is on a roadshow basis at 
advanced admissions. "Joe" is doing 
strongly at the Globe at an indicated 
$26,000 but at the Gotham it's "not 
doing well at only about $8,000. This 
does not include the $1,200 grossed 
on the special opening performance 
Friday nighf (5) which was for the 
benefit of the N. Y. National War 
Fund. "Joe" holds at both houses. 

Another major entry ot the past 
week was "Blithe Spirit" at the Win- 
ter Garden. Despite spotty notices 
it's heading* for approximately $40.- 
000 or better, very good, and remains 
over. Ambassador, which came in 
with "Fighting Guardsman." is doing 
okay at $10,000 or near. At the little 
Rialio. "River Gang" is hitting a 
fast stride for the same amount. 

Although the picture recently fin- 
ished a sock 10-week engagement at 
'Hie/ Capitol. "Anchors Aweigh," on 
second run at the State, is piling 'em 
in for a probable big $37,000. House 
has Willie Howard, Mildred Bailey 
and Prof. Lamberii on stage; 

Holdovers are led by "House on 
92nd St.", which is at the large Roxy 
with special edition of Copacabana 
Revue. Rosario and Antonio and 
Carl Ravazza. Second week, ended 
last night (Tues. ), hit a mammoth 
$100,000. 

. Estimates for This Week 

Ambassador (Siritzky) (1.250: 65- 
$1.20)— "Fighting Guardsman" (Col). 
Doing satisfactorily at $10,000 or 
near, and holds. Last week, second 
for "Men in Diary" (U). light $5,000. 

Astor (City Inv.) (1.300; 70-$1.40) 
—"Wonder Man" (RKO) (18th wk). 
Looks to get good $24,000 tills week. 
Holds. Last week was $27,000. 

Capitol (Loew's) (4.820; 60-$l;10)— 
"Highness and Bellboy" (M-G ). with 
Gene Krupa orch. Senor Wences and 
Wesson Bros, in • person (2d wk). 
Tapering oft considerably but still 
very good at $71,000. Initial Week 
was excellent $46,000. Stavs on; 

.Criterion (Loew's) (1.700: 60-.S1.25) 
— "Shady Lady" (U) opens here to- 
day (Wed.). Concluding five days 
on fourth week Of "Lady on Train" 
<U>. ended last niaht iTues. ) was 
a good $22,000. while full third stanza 
hit stout $32,000. 

Glob* (Brandt) (1.416: 70-$1.50i— 
"G. I. Joe" (UA). Doing strongly af 
indicated $26,000 o, belter. Holds: 
Is day-dating at Gotham, where on 
roadshow run. Globe had been closed 
down to permit redecoration. 

Gotham (Brandt) (900: *1.50-$2.40> 
— "G. 1. Joe" (UA). Disappointing 
on roadshow basis here, two shows 
daily and three on Saturdays-Sun- 
days, all seats reserved. Initial 
week's gross will he only about $8.- 
000, but holds. Last week. "Wanderer 
of Wasteland" (RKO), was weak 
$6,500. 

Hollywood (WB) (1.499: 65-$1.10) 
— "Rhapsodv in Blue" (WB) (16th 
wk). Oft to it8,000 but okc on 15th 
frame through last night (Tues.). 
Last week was $22,600. 

Palarr (RKO) (1.700: 60-$1.20)— 
"George White's Scandals'' (RKO) 
opens today (Wed.) alter four line 
iuonev-makina weeks with "Back to 
Bataan" (RKO). finale being $17,000. 
the third round. $23,000. 

Parainuunt (Par I (3.664: 70-$1.20) 
— "Duffy's Tavern". (Par). Andrews 
Sisters. Tim Herbert and Vic Schoen 
orch (5th wk). Still big b.o.. fourth 
week, ended last night (Tues.). hav- 
ing been $70,000. the third $3O.Q00. 

Radio City Music Hall ( Rockefel- 
lers) (5.945: 60-$l .10)- "Weekend at 
Waldorf (M-G) and stapeshow. 
Terrific fi-om the gun. looking a 
smash $125,000 on first we,ek, and 
hoidin.L 1 . of course. Fourth week of 
"Vines Have Tender Grapes" (M-G ) 
was juicy $94,000. • 

Kialto (Mayer) (594: 35-85)— 
"River Gang" (U). Pulliaa stoutlv 
nl S10.000 and remains. Last week. 
"Isle: or Dead" (RKO) (4th wk I. okav 
$7,000. 

Kfvoli (UA-Par.) (2.092: 00-$1.25>— 
"Love Letters" :• (Par.)- )7th vk ). 
• Continues <n draw heavily, this- w.-ek 
looking $46,000 or over. ' Sixth flli- 
ished vcy strongly at $51,000. Re- 
mains- further. "Lost Weekend" 
(Par ) is sl'Vlcrd next. 

Roxy (20t)i ) (5.886: 65-S1.10 )— 
"House on 92nd St." 1 20th). special 
edition Cooac;ibana Revue. Rosario 
ind AnConio. Carl . Ravazza (3d wk). 
Finished second " round last -ni«h> 
(Tues." at sock $100,000. Initial 
seven d-ivs hit huge $114,000. 

Stale I Loew's i (3.430: 43-$1.10i — 
"Anel'.ofs Aweigh"- (M*G> (2d •run). 



with Willie Howard, Mildred Bailey 
and Prof. Lamberti in person. Hit- 
ting on all sixes for a big $37,000. 
Last week, "You Came Along" (Par) 
(2d run) and Jimmie Lnnceford orch, 
plus Four Step Bros., hit nice $30,- 
500. . 

Strand (WB) (2.756: 75-11.20)— 
"Mildred Pierce" (WB) and Russ 
Morgan orch, plus Three Stooges (2d 
wk). Holding up vigorously for 
probable $58,000, while initial week 
went to socko $69,500. Remains a 
third. ' 

Victoria (Ma urer) (720; 70-$1.20)— 
"Fall of Berlin" (Artkino) (2d wk). 
Russian-made vvar doeumentary will 
get oke $13,000 on holdover, while 
first week reached a strong $23,000. 
Goes a third frame. 

Winter Garden (UA) (1.312: 60- 
$1.50)— "Blithe Spirit" (UA). Brit- 
ish-made, based on Noel Coward 
play, reopened this legit as a film 
house last week and got away stoutly 
despite mixed notices. Initial stanza 
should be a very strong $40,000 or 
over. Holds. 



'Anchors' Husky 
37>/ 2 G in PhiDy 

- Philadelphia. Oct. 9. 

Biz is healthy this week in PhiUy. 
Proem of "Anchors Aweigh" is 
standout at the Stanley, where" great 
week looms. Holdovers of "Love 
Letters," "State Fair" and "Rhapsody 
in Blue": all look big. Long-dark 
Erlanger, operated by William Gold- . 
man. bows tomorrow (Wed.) with 
"Wonder Man." 

Estimates for This Week 

Aldine (WB) (1,303; 40-85)— Jun- 
ior Miss" (20th) (3d wk). Fairish 
$8,200. Second week, bright $12,500. 

Arcadia (Sablosky) (700: 40-85)— 
"Highness and Bellboy" (M-G) (2d 
run) (2d wk). Nice oace at $7,500. 
Last week, hefty $8,000. 

Boyd (WB) (2.760: 40-85 )— "Rhao- 
sody in Blue" (WB) (6th wk). Nice 
$15,500 for this canto. Last week, 
trim $17,800. 

Earle (WB) (2,760; 50-95)— "Radio 
Stars on Parade" (RKO) with stage 
show including Marylin Maxwell 
and Johnnie Johnston. Sturdy $27.- 
500. Last week, "Gay Senorita" 
(Col) plus stage show headed by 
Martha "Raye. $25,500. 

Fox (Fox) (2,250;" 40-85)— "State 
Fair" (20th) (2d wk). Initial week 
under Fox operation (house trans- 
ferred last week from WB). Rugged 
$24,000. Opener was solid $31,000 
plus nice $4,500 for Earle showing 
Sunday. - 

Karllon (Goldman) (1.000: 40-85) 
— "Incendiary Blonde" < Par 1 (2d 
run), Robust $9,000. Last week, 
"Along Came Jones" (RKO'. hot too 
forte at $5,800 for second run. 

Keith's (Goldman 1 (2.21)0; 40-85) 
—"Counter-Attack" (Col) (2d run). 
Pallid $3,500. Last week, "F.ast Si4e 
of Heaven" (U) and "Jmitalion of 
Life" (U) (reissues) (4th wk), rous- 
ing $6,000. 

Manhattan (WBi (4.092; 40-851— 
"Love Letters" (Par) (2d wk). Solid 
$35,000. Opeirer was strong $45,000. 

Stanley (WB) (2.760: 40-85)— "An- 
chors Awe ; gh" (M-G ). Great $32,- 
500 plus neat .$5,000 for Sabbath 
showing at Earle. Last week. "Crist- 
mas in Conn." (WBi, . fine $16,000 for 
fourth week. 

Stanton (WB) (1.475: 40- 351— 
"Paris Underground" (UA) (2d wk). 
Fair $9,000. Opener was big $14,500. 



'STATE FAIR' $20,000 
TOPS NEW WASH. FILMS 

Washington. Oct. 9. 

Holdovers will slow pace this 
week. Surprise of session is "It AH 
Came True," reissue at Metropoli- 
tan. "State Fail " is only big new? 
comer, shaping good at Palace. 
Estimates for Thin Week 

Capitol (Loesv) (3.434:, -44-72) — 
"Highness and Bellboy" (M-G) (2d 
Wk), plus vaude. Neat $22,000 after 
great $32,0(50 opener. 

Columbia (Loew > (1.234: . 44-72)— 
"You Came Along" (Par). Fancy 
$9,000. Last week. "Bell for Adano" 
■ (20th), $7,000. 

Earle (WB ) (2.240; 30-90 i— "Rhap- 
sodv in Blyy^^WB i. Okay $19,500 
after $20,000 opener, nice. 

Keith's (RKOl (1.800; 44-72' - 
"Shadv, Lady" (U ).. Trim $10,000. 
List week. "Wcnder Man". (RKO) 
(3d wk), big $11,500. 

MetronoliUn (WB) 1.800: 14-72 i— 
"It All Came True" ( WB) ( reiss'-o). 
Surprisingly strong $12,000. Lust 
week. "Pride of Marir.es" ( WB.) (2d 
wk). hot -S7.S0O. . 

Palace (Loev. ) (2.77K: 44-72 1~ 
"State Fair" l20th.\ Good $20,000 or 
over. Last week. "Anchors Aweigh" 
( M-G i (3d wk), rousing SHi.UOO. '» 



Wednesday, October 10, 1915 





SUSTAINED 



LET'S FINISH THE JOB! GET SET FOR § 
VICTORY LOAN . . . OCT. 29-DEC. 8! 



NATIONAL 
ADVERTISING! 

Not just one shot and run, but 
a consistent campaign in the 
biggest and best magazines: 
The schedule: 

LIFE 

Issues of Sept. 10, 24; 
Oct. 2, 22; Nov. 5, 19. 

LOOK 

Issues Oct. 2, 30; Nov. 13, 27. 

REDBOOK 

Issues Sept., Oct., Nov. 

SAT. EVENING POST 

Issue Nov. 10. 

LIBERTY 

Issues Sept. 22; Oct. 6, 20;, 
Nov. 3, 17. 

TIME 

Issues Sept f 3, 17; Oct. 1, 15, 
29; Nov. 12, 26. ^ \ 

PARENTS' 

Issues Oct. and Nov. 




Wednesday, October 1(>, 1915 



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for the picture that's outgrossing its own great 
records everywhere it opens % . . NEW YORK'S 
sixth weekend bigger than sixth weekend of "Snow 
White"(and that was terrif!)... BOSTON opens with 
a re-echoing smash in THREE THEATRES . . .Test- 
runs in SALT LAKE - H ARRISBURG - SIOUX 
CITY and NEW BEDFORD, MASS., 
prove it to be the attraction you must 
consider on terms with the biggest! 




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INTERNATIONAL 



•VARiETrr i.oxnos ofiioi 

• Bt. MhiIIb'. Fhw. VntttUpu Boat* 



Lonaon Film Biz Off, But Hits Still 
Big; 'Tavern' Sock 18G, 'Dead of Night' 
Wow 14G, Lady' Ditto, 'Eddie' 15G, 3d 



Weltner Preps London 
Trip for Par Look-See 

Following the departure of Robert 
Sehlcss, Paramount International's 
chief in Europe and Near, East, for 
Paris last Monday 'Bi, it . was re- 
vealed that George Weltner, com- 
pany's' prexy, is due . to leave for 
Europe on Oct. 21. Sebless inay be 
away for six months, surveying con- 
ditions in Europe and the Near East. 
He headquarters in Paris, but has 
been at the N. Y. homcofViee for the 
la -t two months. . 

Weltner plans goine directly to 
London because affairs in Great 
Britain will take up the bulk of his 
attention on this trip. He may make 
a brief visit to France; but will re- 
turn to N. Y. before making an ex- 
tended tour of the overseas territory. 



London,. Sept. '25.. ♦ 
. Unlike the legit biz in West End, 
pictures are not doing as strong .as 
they have been.\ Main reason for 
the" drop is departure of many I 
American troops and end of holiday 
.season, with not so many visitors 
around town. 

Good product still draws. In this 
class are -Dead of Night" i Eagle- 
Lion I. made by Ealing studios, which 
is cleanup at Gaumont, topping all 
previous biz at this house. Also 
'•Duflv's Tavern,". Paramount, at 
Carlton (Par). This one is the sur- 
prise hit. It was expected to do well 
due to its radio session here last 
year, but not counted on to break the 
house, record. "Capt. Eddie," in 
third week at Odeon, also is big. 
Estimates at $4 to Pound 

Carlton I Par)— "Duffy's Tavern" 
(Par) (2d wkl, A surprise smash, 
beating everything house has ever 
had on live show's daily basis, in- 
stead of twice daily, which has been 
policy of house. Doing steady $18,000. 
Will -continue till Oct. 18, alter which 
"Road to Utopia'' (Par) follows. 
Could stay longer, but. house is com- 
mitted to big preem on this, with 
proceeds to go to English Stage Door 
Canteen Fund. 

Empire (Metro) — "Perfect Strang- 
ers'' (M-G-Lohdon) (4th wk). Has 
done very well, with first week's in- 
take $2H.OOO. which was duplicated 
on second stanza. It's now around 
$24,000 on fourth and final week. 
Moves to Ritz (Metro), small house 
adjoining Empire, -with "Son of 
Lassie'' (M-G) replacing for one 
week, after which "'Valley of De- 
cision". (M-G ) follows for 'a run. I dictatorship over why it decreed a 

Ortcon (G-B)---'Capt. Eddie" f20th> ; ,,,„.,„.,.„ i„ lh( , Press and Prooa- 
(3d wk). Topped $18,500 on first : ° e,m l ' p "\ 1 \ 1L f *' , H °\r 
stanza, with second \veek around I ganda Secretariat, including the En- 
$17,000. Third week looks near $15,- i lertamment Board, the Argentine 
000. Stays for fourth week, then be- | film industry feels that it could cub- 
ing replaced by "Where We Go From ; mil sufficient reasons for banishing 
Here" (20th) and "Journey Together'' i Don Alfredo Bolognesi, who headed 
(RKO) for three weeks. • - ■ , that board until last "week, and who 

G«am«nt <G-B>- 'Dead of Nigh i was ,. esponsib ,c for banning so many 
(Eagle-Lion). One of biggest hits ,. . . M . . ... ,., . t»v»' -ujji 
house has had in years, with Ion* anU " Nazl PJ*- Vn * e J. Bolognesi 
lines daily. Has done steady $14,000 I I'M 1 ?, exhibitors and distributors were 
weekly, nearly capacity. Staying till I irked .by many things, being sum- 
Oct. 18. eve of general release; then j moned to meetings at his office in 
replaced by "Slate Fair" (20th). i the most peremptory manner, only 

Leicester Sounre • ABFD )— "Lady • t0 be kept waiting tor hours and 
on a Train (U) (1st wk) Should | lhen hauled, up to the treated like 
have no trouble in doing $14,000, big. 1 
Durbin is still boxoffice, and good 
for four 'weeks at least. 



Argent. Show Biz Czar 
Resigns, Pix Industry 
Happier; Ease Decrees 

Buenoi Aires, Oct. 2. 
... Although a veil of secrecy is main- 
tained by the Argentine 



Loew's Int'I Names 
Lopert to Foreign Job 

Loew's International this week 
named I. E. Lopert supervisor o£ 
i distribution and any dubbing or 
! superimposing Heeded on pix the 
! company obtains in the foreign mar- 
ket. Loew's International already 
has obtained three such pictures, 
two Mexican-made and the other 
made in Switzerland. 

Originally Lopert and Vladimir 
Posner headed the company's Span- 
ish synchronization in N Y Under 
the new alignment this will be han- 
dled entirely by Posner. 



India's Mobile Pix 
Units to Educate 



The government of India, feeling 
it will take 25 years to make people 
literate by means of the spoken 
word, is utilizing the screen and 
radio, meantime, to educate its 
masses. It has inaugurated a pro- 
gram, calling for the immediate pur- 
chase of 224 mobile projector units, 
to show documentaries in its vast 
rural areas, with a goal of 1.000 units 
in five years. Plan is to buy the. 224 
units now, with the Government 
prepared to spend initially $1,000,000 
for equipment alone. Practically all 
this will-be spent in the U. S. ' 

Documentaries and shorts also will 
be purchased here, according to P, 
N. Thapar, joint secretary of India's 
Information and Broadcasting Dept., 
who's in charge of India's film pro- 
gram. He is currently on a six-week 
visit to the U. S. to study American 
and the equipment and 



Film Export Assn/s Stand in Holland 
Will Be Key to Other Foreign Marts 



London Pavilion (.UA) — "The 
Southerner" (UA) (4th wk). Fail- 
trade first two weeks, averaging $12,- 
000 per. With final stanza expected 
to touch $9,500. "G.I. Joe" (UA) 
skcclded to follow. 

Marble Arch Pavilion (G-B) — 
"Henry V" (Eagle-Lion) (40th wk). 
Has proved money maker, with 
Weekly average never below $8,000. 
strong for this .small house on twice- 
daily policy. Expected to stay for 
some time, despite having been gen- 
erally released. 

New Gallery (G-B)— "1,001 Nights" 

(Col) (4th wk). Not up to ^-heroes. 

with takings around $6,000, after first 

week's hefty intake of over $8,500. 

Picture was counted on to run 12 

weeks, but being replaced by "Over 

21" i Col) in about a week. 
Pla/.a (Par)— "You Came Alona" 

(Par) (3d wk). Started off well! 

with first week 



chool-boys. 
Before Bolognesi was ordered out, 



he must have felt his position was 
shaky, because he adopted a more 
conciliatory tone with picture biz 
reps. No appointment has yet been 
made to substitute Bolognesi. 

In the meantime, the Movie Em- 
presarios' Asstfc- is proceeding with 
the claims lodged before the Su- 
preme Court and the Ministry of the 
Interior, protesting against Bolog- 
nesi's shuttering of two theatres, for 
supposed infraction of the Protec- 
tionist Decree. The Court has al- 
ready called upon the Entertainment 
Board to furnish full details in the 
case, and also has presented the facts 
to the Attorney-General. 

Despite all this, conditions in the 
film, industry are not too bad, with 
; steady confidence in the future 



military film method 
films setup 

Film industry in India, Thapar 
added, made a good deal of money 
during the war; domestic servants 
who never attended the cinema be- 
fore, now hum the latest film-musical 
tunes; and India expects a big thea- 
tre building program. 

Native picture production has been 
active, and since the war 160 to 175 
films have been made annually de- 
spite the raw stock shortage. -Thapar 
pointed ou* that the greatest service 
the film, industry has rendered India 
has been to produce a common 
language, a simplified or basic Hin- 
dustani, that will eventually take 
care of the many-tongued country's 
language difficulties. 

India has about 1.630 theatres, 
Thapar disclosed, with »about 230 
showing only English-language films, 
latter being 80% American. 



Queensland, Australia, 
Seeks Theatre Control 

Brisbane, Sept: 13. 

Stale Government is readying leg- 
islation covering control of all cin- 
emas ill Queensland, including the 
fixing of rentals, ' and admission 
charges. Opposition to any govern- 
mental step-in likely will come from 
major circuits, ace indies, dislribs, 
and others who believe that the film 
industry should be free of any Gov- 
ernmental control, 

It Queensland legislation is suc- 
cessful, it's more than likely that 
other Aussie : state government.-: 
(there are six plus the Federal Gov- 
ernment) will want a finger in the 
industry pie. 



aiound $lb,000, but SO me film houses changing hands for 
fell off on second stanza to near $12.- I h ; oh „,.;,,.;, . T „„•, tnWnai'innii! 
000. Staying fourth week, with "Lest i T P A w , Inte,n f Uo1 '^ 
Week-End" (Par) rcplacin" I has announced construction ot a 10- 

Tivoli (G-B) — "Ten Little Nisqers" i s,or y office building over a 3.000- 

_^.(2ttth*+-U.st..j,vJi.J Opened" well for j seater film 'theatre in centrally lo- 

this out-of-way spot, and expected to ! cated Calle Tu'cuman. 
Houeh%$i<).00ftr---Staymg-three-weeksT-j™--^~ 
which is stood for this generally fort- 
nightly change house. This is from 
original British legiter of same title, 
but being released in U. S. as "Then 
There Were None." 

Warners (WB>— - "Objective Burma" 
(WB) (1st wk). Crix gave this ter- 
rific panning, general condemnation 
being" due to alleged insult to Bri- 
tain'-s 14th Army. : But business was 
big. 



Col. Plans to Reorg 

Foreign. Exchanges 

London, Oct. 9: 
Columbia plans to reorganize the 
company's foreign exchanges and 
survey the 16-millimeter situation in 
England and Europe. Joseph Mc- 
Convilie, Col's foreign chief, here 
with Jack Segal, his assistant, re- 
vealed, such plans. 
-The Columbia executives also arc 
ud . | he-rctcTaf range, for its English sub- 
sid to make bigger : JHms__for . the. 
world market. They ieavte for Paris 
in about two weeks. 



j French Stars Quit Comedie 
Francaise Over Operation 



Paris. Oct. -2. 
Official procrastination in provid- 
ing suitable management of the 
.Comedie Fianeaise. State-controlled, 
Campaign to have it taken off j has resulted in the collective resig- 
was at" first flouted by Max Milder. ! nation by some of the best known 
Warner chief here, but he chanted - members of the company. 

fef!^ ■ ; .^tf n JJS5 e 5i £ omes <f ! Marie Bell, Madeleine Renaud, 
auei one week, with decision made i r> , w * • vni • , \ 

not to release it in England. Looks ! I Roilt ' e F ^ L,re ' A.me Clariond. Jean 
easy $lfi,000 for single week. "Con- ■■ Louls ■ Barrault. Jean Chevner, 
flict" ( WB ) follows. . i Julien Bertheau and" Jean Meyer all 

have quit. 

Nobody appears tq care to under- 
take managing the. Comedie which 
for 'months has been run by various 
committees in. a way which ap- 
parently is satisfactory neither for 
talent nor for the public. Andre Obey, 
supervisor of theatres in the Fine 
Arts ministry, has been forced to 
take on' the management himself, 
besides his other duties. .-. 



HAYDEN TALBOT'S SUIT 
FOR FILM PLAGIARISM 

■ London. Oct. 9. 

Writs have been served on Eritish 
National and Anglo-American film 
distributors by Hay den Talbot's law- 
yer, alleging plagriarism of his novel: 
"It'.s the Law," jn the. former's recent 
film, "Query." Film only recently 
was' released, and has been boolied 
for the entire Associated British Pic- 
ture Corpr circuit. 

Anglo-American is releasing the 
picture in Britain, while British Na- 
tional produced it. "It's the Lavv" 
was made into a silent film by 201 ! 



Allan's N. % Coast 0.0. 

London, Oct. 9. 

Anthony Havelock Allan, director 
for Cineguild, sailed on the Queen 
Mary from here Oct, 3 to see 
"Blithe Spirit," on which he served 
as associate producer, in N. Y., 
where it just opened. 

Allan then plans to go to Holly- 
wood for a visit to the studios. 



Panizza, Colon Opera's 
Chief, Come to Blows 
Over Maestro's Effects 

. Montevideo, Oct. 2. 

Stories that all is not running 
smoothly inside the Buenos Aires' 
Colon Opera, came to a .head this 
week when a clash was reported be- 
tween the Colon administrator, Luis 
Ochoa (formerly the theatre organ- 
ist) and Argentine conductor aivt 
composer, Ettore Panizza, known in 
U. S. from many seasons' conducting 
at the Metropolitan. Panizza 's pres- 
tige abroad has not endeared him to 
his less famous compatriot, the pres- 
ent Colon administrator. The latter 
was raised from the relative obscuri- 
ty of a conservatory job to his pres- 
ent eminnence. as Director of the 
Opera, as a result of his friendships 
in military circles. 

Strained relations were not Im- 
proved some time back when the ad- 
ministrator refused permission to 
stage Panizza's opera, "Aurora," at 
the request of admirers of the com- 
poser, who hoped to organize a fit- 
ting celebration of Panizza's 70th' 
birthday and the 50th anniversary 
of his' conducting. 

That incident was followed th i • 
week by Director Ochoa invadin.' 
the Panizza dressing room at the 
Opera and bundling out his collec- 
tion of scores, private photographs 
and dressing gown.-;, which he threw 
out personally, with the explanation 
that as the Panizza contract was yap, 
the dressing room was no longer .it 
the conductor's disposal. When Pa- 
nizza arrived on the scene fisticuffs 
occurred, requiring police interven- 
tion. . .. 



Re ism an on the Lam 

; Paris. Oct. 9. 
Phil Reisman, RKO's foreign man- 
ager, now in Europe checking con- 
ditions first-hand, is due back here 
from Germany next week. 



Reisman came over to London 
Fox a number of years ago in the . with Charles Koerner, RKO produc- 
ts S. ition chief.' 



Perkins Back 

J. E. Perkins. Paramount Interna- 
tional division manager in Austra- 
lasia and Far East, returned to N. Y. 
from two-month tour of his territory 
yesterday (Tues.) on the Queen 
Elizabeth. Perkins said that busi- 
ness still was good in Australia and 
New Zealand while he was there, 
there being no appreciable slump 
after V-J Day. 

Perkins went to Bombay, India, 
from Sydney, to investigate the fatal 
P;,r exchange blaze there which cost 
several lives, about 45 days ago. He 
found that the fire was due to spon- 
taneous combustion,' and was the 
third of a series of* film exchange 
blazes there. • 



Paris Nitery Tooters Win 
/Wage Tilt After Strike 

Paris, Oct. 9. 

Musicians' strike, which darkened 
three nightclubs last Thursday (4), 
ended the next day when musicians 
were boosted 140 francs pei^ierfojino:. 
^nc^^TTTey'now'' wTTTgel 330 francs 
per show instead of 190. 

Strike compelled Gaite Lyriquc to 
refund admissions. . Walkout ex- 
tended to Chatclet Etoile and Petite 
Casino Gaite, shuttering them both 
Thursday night. 



RITCHEY TO ENGLAND 

Norton V. Ritchcy, Monogram In- 
ternational prexy, leaves for Eng- 
land, jn about a week. 

One of his latest appointments is 
William E. Osborne, named stiper- 
I visor for the Far East. 



Current London Shows 

London. "Oct. 9. 
"Arsenic t Old l-.uet," Strand. 
"Bell for Adano," Phoenix. 
"Bi» Boy," Saville.. . 
"Blithe Spirii," Duchess. 
"Crying Out Loud," Stoll. 
"Cure for Love," Westminster. 
"Duet For Two," Lyric. 
"'First Gentleman.," Savoy. 
"Gay Rosalinda," Palace. 
"Happy & Glorious," Palladium. 
"Hasty Heart," Aldwych. : _ 
"Honeymoon," York's. " 
"Lady Edinburgh," Playhouse. 
"Windermere's Fan," Hay market. 
"Madame Louise," Garrick. 
"Merrie England," Princes. 
"Night and Music," Coliseum. 
"Night Venice," Cambridge. 
"No Medals," Vaudeville. 
"Peek-A-Boo Parents," Whitehall 
"Perchance to Dream," Hipp. 
"Private Lives," Apollo. 
"See How i'hey Run," Comecty. 
"Shop Sly Corner," St. Martins 
"Sigh No More," Piccadilly. 
"Sweeter Lower," Ambassadors. 
"Sweet Vesterdav," Adelphia. 
"The Rivals," Criterion. 
' While Sun Shines," Globe. 
"Years Between." Wyndbams. 
"Wind of Heaven," St. James. 
"Mrs. Barrington," Winter Gdn. 



Operation of the industry's Motion 
Picture Export Assn. in Holland, and 
possibility, that the same setup may 
be used in other foreign countries, 
is being watched closely because of 
Its far-reaching implications on post- 
war foreign revenue. If the efforts 
ot the Export Assn. fail to accom- 
plish the hoped-for results, it would 
prove a blow to. foreign distribution 
in lands where allegedly high- 
handed methods have been em- 
ployed. - 

'Understood that American film 
companies have ducked using the 
Export Assii. except where found 
the only means of combating unrea- 
sonable Government or Government- 
sponsored embargoes or restrictions. 
Foreign managers claim that virtu- 
ally two. cartels were established in 
Holland. One was that distributors 
there refused to handle any product 
until it had" been passed on and at 
j the terms they, wanted to pay. Sec- 
ond cartel backed up the first, this 
being the iron-clad rule of exhibitors 
that they would run only pictures 
passed iii this way by the distribu- 
tors.' Both would have broken„down, 
it's felt in N. Y., except that the 
Dutch government supported the en-, 
tire alignment. 

Result was that while there was no 
pulright film monopoly established 
by Government decree, this Govern- 
mental backing had the same result. 
This backing meant that distribs, 
and in turn, the exhibs, could dic- 
tate terms to U. S. distributors. It- 
resembles the old Italy monopoly 
established, before the war by 
Musso's government which daily 
dictated terms; how many pictures 
could be shown; which- ones. rlc. 

Under the Export Assn., it's re- 
ported that American companies can 
say, in effect, "Here are our pic- 
tures and here are our terms.'' By 
making it virtually 100' t the voice of 
the U. S. distirbs, the new association 
is able to practically say, "Take it 
or leave it" if the foreign interests 
concerned were inclined to quibble. 
Iii other words, the Export Assn. 
would be able to shut off the (low of 
American fare, and make it slick in 
lands where placed in operation. 

Export Assn. likely will be em- 
ployed only where it is apparent 
that U. S. product is needed to allow 
exhibitors to operate at profit. Un- 
derstood that a high percentage of 
American films are needed in Hol- 
land if exhibs operate successfully, 
But if they are able to break down 
I the united front of American dis- 
tribs, Holland exhibitors, of course, 
figure they would be gainers. Atti- 
I tude in such foreign lands where 
| monopolies or similar restrictions 
I are set up to obstruct the orderly 
process of doing business is that 
American companies had better 
withdraw completely, if need be, 
rather than operate for no profit. 

SWEWSH^FILMER'^ 
0.0. OF U.S. PIX BIZ 

Stellan Dahlstedt. technical de- 
partment head of the Swedish Mo- 
tion Picture Industry, Inc. i AB 
Svensk Filmindustri ) left here yes- 
terday (9) for Hollywood, where he 
plans to study production methods 
of major producing companies -and 
to obtain information on recent 
technical improvements in industry. 

Dahlstedt also plans a trip to the 
raw lilm manufacturing companies 
in this country in an effort to pur- 
chase raw stock for his firm. Short- 
age of raw stock is the largest prob- 
lem confroifting Swedish producers, 
he said, some of whom have been 
forced to rely on lilm purchased 
from Agfa Co. in Germany before 
Nazi surrender. • 

Dahlstedt' said his company 
planned increased production of 16-. 
mm. educational and industrial films 
for use in schools and factories. 
Swedish government has not yet 
realized the value of . educational 
-films, he added, and remains apa- 
thetic to venture, but company plans 
to devote as much raw stock to 16- 
mm. films as to regular product. 

Arson Suspected In 

Fire at Nice JStudio 

: Paris, Oct. 9. 

Night blaze, which virtually 
Wrecked the Victorine studio, Nice, 
has halted production on "Ames Qui 
Vivent" and "Femme Coupee En 
Moreeaux.]* Studio was badly 
damaged. ' 

Arson is suspected. 



Wednesday, October 10, 1915 




> i 

a -am 



THE HOUSE ON 92nd STREET 

AT THE ROXY, NEW YORK CITY 




BIGGEST NON-HOLIDAY 1st 
WEEK IN 14 YEARS! BIGGEST 
2nd WEEK OF 1945! BIGGEST 
SINGLE HOUR'S GROSS IN ROXY 

HISTORY! BIGGEST SINGLE HOUR'S 




ATTENDANCE IN ROXY HISTORY! 
BIGGEST NON-HOLIDAY OPENING 
IN ROXY HISTORY! 




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Wednesday, October 10, 1915 



Equipment Mfrs., Dealers in Chi Meet 
Optimistic Despite No New Products 



. •'; Chicago. Oct. 9 * 
Three-day annual confab of the 
national theatre equipment associa- 
tions—manufacturers and dealers -- 
closed Sunday 07) on a higher note 
of optimism than has existed during 
the past four years, what with the 
war being over and manufacturers 
poised to swing into civilian produc- 
tion. Despite the much-vaunted "'re- 
conversion period," however, there 
were very, few specimens of new 
projectors,. etc., on exhibit.. 

Consensus was that the most note- 
worthy accomplishment of the dual 
meets was the reorganization of The- 
atre Equipment Supply Manufactur- 
ers Assn. (TESMA). which has been 
dormant for several years, mostly, 
because war contracts kept mem- 
bers' noses to the grindstone. Newly 
elected officers are Oscar Neu, head 
of Neumade Products. N. Y.-, pre/.: 
William Gedris, Ideal Seating Co., 
Grand Rapids, Mich., yeepee, and 
Carl W. Bowie, Star Mfg. Co., St, 
Louis, secretary-treasurer. 

Officers appointed a committee :o 
reshape TESMA's by-laws and con^ 
stltutiori,' which are felt to be out- 
moded because of the fact they were 
originally drawn up during the NKA 
era, when aiding unemployment, etc., 
was the order of the day. "Reshaping 
committee'' consists of Larry Davce. 
Century Projection Co., N. Y.; E. •!• 
Vallen," Vallen Mfg. Co.. Akron, O.: 
Bob Engel, DeVry, Chicago, and E. 
j. Robin, N. Y. equipment manufac- 
turer and dealer. 

Neu also announced he'll appoint 
another committee, headed by Da- 
vee, to confer with Government reus 
in an endeavor to secure clarifica- 
tion of the Surplus Property; Act. 
TESMA members are naturally , in- 



Colmes Gets New Rep Pact 

■' Hollywood, Oct. 9. ' 

Republic handed Walter Colmes a 
new producer ticket calling for 14 
pictures over a period of three years. 

Colmes' production; program in- 
cludes "Saratoga Springs,'.' a who- 
dunit, "True Stories," based on the 
magazine of that name, and six 
"Johnny Fletcher" detective yarns, 
built on Frank Gruber's novels. 



Johnson Aides Stromberg 

Hollywood. Oct. 9. 

Hunt Stromberg signed Richard L. 
Johnson as production manager, with 
"Strange Woman," slated to start 
Nov. 1, as ltis first chore. 

Johnson served in various capaci- 
ties at Paramount for 22 years and 
was production manager for David 
O. Selznick for two years prior to 
joining Stromberg. 



Violence Marks Strike 



Continued from pace 1 



made from the studio by Warner,;' ; 
police or employees. i 
Another Beating; 
Mackliri Hall, 34, powder and spc- j 
cial effects man, living two blocks 
front studio, was visited at home by.l 



the situation. One of these was Lt. 
Col. Russell Hicks, character actor,' 
who became involved with pickets 
at the Administration Building en- 
trance, . 
Several thousand citizens, holding 



Par-Brandt Make 
Up In New York 

Denied Paramount pictures dur- 
ing the past season, due to inability 
to arrive at an agreement on terms, 
the Brandt circuit, following a re- 
newal o£ negotiations a few days 
ago, has closed a deal which, from 
accounts, grants to Par substantially 
all basic demands originally made 
last fall when relations were broken 
off. Around 85 theatres in Greater 
N. Y. and surrounding territory arc 
involved? 

Hugh Owen, division manager 
over: the N, Y. area, with Henry 
Randel, local Par branch manager, 
sitting in. concluded the deal with 
the Brandt chain. From the start 
Owen and his superior , in Par, 
Charles M. Reagan, v.p. oyer sales, 
have refused to give in to Brandt 
demands for a revision of terms. ! 
Previously it had a long battle with] 
the Greater N. Y. Loew chain. 
In addition . to difficulties with 
/Brandt last fall. Par broke off with 
terested in learning what will hap- j the Century and Skouras circuits in 

the N. Y. sector but expected these 
two organizations, operating close to 
100 houses, will come through fol- 
lowing the capitulation by Brandt. 

All Par product since the begin* 
ning of the past (1944-45) season in 
Sept. last year was tied up by the 
breaks, but not long ago Par started 
selling pictures away from Brandt, 
Skouras and Century following' their 
dating by Loew's. Offering two at a 
time, a majority of the 1944-45 re- 
leases went to opposition of these 
three indie chains. • 

Brandt starts with the final four 
pictures of the "44-"45 season. 



pen to surplus theatre equipment 
coming out of the armed forces; and. 
being manufacturers, they don't 
want this equipment dumped on the 
market for direct appropriation by 
the consumer. 

Neu said he "understood manufac- J 
turers have the first crack at buy- 
ing back their equipment, but that 
there are some riders in the act th ; it 
need to be cleared up. Committee's 
meeting with the Surplus Property 
people will be held in Washington 
in the "near future," he said. 

Theatre Equipment Dealers Pro- 
tective Assn. (TEDPA) meetings 
were, as they have been for the pa.-t 
few years, marked by the fact that 
there isn't anything new and that 
there won't be any normal supply 
for anywhere from another six 
months to a year. Feeling is lh-it 
because manufacturers haven't got 
fully into the .swing yet it won't be 
till their 1946 confab that TEDPA 
members will have anything tangi- 
ble to talk about. One thing is sure, 
however: they all feel a lot more 
encouraged than they did at this 
time last year. 

Ray Colvin of Exhibitors Supply 
Co.,- St. Louis, .was reelected exec 
secretary of TEDPA for another 
two-year, term. There are no other 
officers. 

One much discussed angle among 
attendees was the one-man campaign 
of E. J. Robin. N. Y. equipment 
manufacturer and dealer, to organize 
indie dealers and manufacturers. 
Robin spent most of his lime at the 
meeting spreading the gospel that all 
indies must get together, "in order 
to protect themselves from monopo- 
listic practices . of many, combine;! 
manufacturer-dealer outfits — other- 
wise the little guy 'will be squeezed 
; out." 

' Robin made the pitch that adver- 
tising campaigns be run in the trade 
press to teli indie exhibitors also 
: that only by patronizing indie. deal- 
ers can the latter remain in business. 
No appropriations for such a crusade 
were made, but many indies present 
acknowledged it's something to Con- 
sider seriously. 

: Amofif "those ""attending the meet- 
ing were Nathan D. Golden, Dept. r>f 
Commerce pix chief,. Washington; 
who urged the group to get their 
agents into the foreign market right 
away because of the vast potential 
far all types of equipment Overseas; 
C. R. Stover, district engineer. Gen- 
eral Electric Co.: D. B. Joy, Nation- 
al Carbon Co.; L. P. Hanson, U. S. 
Air-Conditioning Co.: Nash Weil, 
Wil-Kin Theatre Supply Co., Atlan- 
ta. Ga. 

E. Allan Williford. Ansco: Fred J. 
Wcnzel. Wenzel Projector Co.; Wri- 
ter E. Green, National-Simplex-Blud- 
worth; Fred Matthews. MoUogi'apTr 
William C. and E. B. DeVry, L. M. 
Anderson and Bill Aschman, ail of 
DeVry; Ed WoU: and Ira Kutok, Ed- 



RKO Will Appeal To 
NWIB on Mgrs. Guild; 
Cinema's ! 1 May Join 

Having lost to managers and as- 
sistants in 41 of its Greater N, Y. 
and Westchester county theatres, 
RKO is planning an appeal of the 
decision Of . the Regional War 
Labor Board. N. Y„ which fa- 
vored the managerial group. Only 
avenue of appeal is the National War 
Labor Board in Washington. 

In a letter from Jaiiies M, Bren- 
nan, general manager of the RKO 
circuit, received yesterday iTues.) 
by RKO .managers and assistants, 
Brcnnan notified them that the com- 
pany is appealing the directive order 
of the Regional War Labor Board 
and called attention to the mainte- 
nance of membership clause, copy 
of which was enclosed. Form letter 
called attention to this clause "so 
that you may take whatever action 
you think desirable from your point 
of view before Oct. 13 (Saturday), 
the date provided in the mainte- 
nance of membership clause of the 
WLB order." 

It goes on to say that "if Ihere is 
any doubt in your irund whether 
or not the Guild considers you a 
member, you should notify the Guild 
by registered mail before Oct. 13, 
whether you elect to be considered 
as a member or non-member." 

In connection with whatever wage 
and other conditions are finally in- 
corporated in a contract with the 
Guild, RKO slated it will not dis- 
criminate between those employees 
who are members and those who are 
not members of the Guild. All af 
fected employees will 
alike with respect to 



strikers late this morning and "had -a protest meeting Sunday night at 
his eyes blackened. Attempting to get , the Hollywood Legion Stadium, 
help. Hall ran from the house toward i adopted a resolution condemning 
studio and was again beaten, wind- j use of a firehose and tear gas by 
ing up with compressed fracture of « Warners' police and firemen, also 
skull and taken to hospital in Bur- i breaking up Of picket lines by riot 
bank. ■:,. :.;• ,, : . squads from Los Angeles police de- 
Strikers are considering extension ■ part merit and sheriffs office. They 
of mass picket lines to both Uniycr- called upon, officers to protect rights 
sal and Republic in belief thai j of strikers, and adopted resolution 
groups can be summoned quickly in | calling upon the National Labor Re- 
case large group action breaks out. lations Board to hand down a de- 
Local 683. IATSE Film Technicians j cision, and upon Secretary of Labor 
Union, meets tomorrow (Wed.) nigh! j Lewis Schwellenbach to take some 
and probably -will take strike vblo.' action toward ending current con- 
Group, which numbers 1.500 men . tr'oversy. ' ; : ''\ 

and women, just elected 22 dele- j It was stated the meeting was 
gates to IA convention and pledged I sponsored by the Beverly-Wcslwood 
the removal of Richard Walsh, I.v J Citizc ns Committee, a Committee lor 



other conditions affecting or relat- 
ing to their employment, it was 
added. 

Under the maintenance of mem- 
bership clause all members of the 
Guild in good standing are required 
as a condition of employment to 
maintain good stand ing- in the Guild 
for the duration b£ the contract un- 
less before Saturday <13) the Guild 



Pre xy. - ;-; -. .; \ ■,'.'.■.■■■•■ 

Roy Brewer, International repre- 
sentative for IATSE'. stated the rea- 
son for no concerted action by IA 
members of picket lines this morn- 
ing <Tues.) is due to Tact many 
members stayed in the Warner Bros, 
studio overnight, and, also, IA feels 
that its members do not have 16 be 
subjected to the type of treatment 
they received at hands of strikers 
yesterday in order just to go to work. 
Brewer added: "What we want/to 
know is whether the law. enforce- 
ment groups can maintain order, or 
whether they will be unable to en- 
force the law. If they cannot, then 
our men will go to work, but the 
law enforcement groups will have to 
accept, the responsibility for what- j 
ever may happen." Brewer went on | 
to say that several meetings were 
being conducted at the moment and 
announcements of decisions on part 
of Governor's office arid other groups 
expected shortly. IA will wait a rea- 
sonable length of lime before taking 
! action. Brewer concluded, then it 
I will be necessary for law to be en- 
be treated i forced or for IA to send men through 
wages and | picket lines without aid from police. 



j Motion Picture Strikers, the Holly- 
.wood Independent Citizens Com- 
jmillee of the Arts, Sciences & Pro- 
: fessions, National Citizens Political 
Action Committee, National Law- 
i vers Guild and Screen Writers 
Guild. 

j Acting to halt further outbreaks 
1 of violence in the current studio 
[strjlWi Los Angeles Congressmen Ellis 
| E. Patterson and Helen Gahagan 
| Douglas wired PresieVmt Truman 
] the over weekend to intervene in 
the seven months-old labor dispute. 

In another move, Republican 
Congressman Gordon L.. McDon- 
ough told Paul Herzog, Board Chair- 
man of the NLRB, that Congress 
may be forced to start an investi- 
gation unless it didn't act soon. 
Friday's Skirmishes 
Strikers and studio police lined 
up for battle before sunup Friday 
morning and the skirmishing began 
when non-strikers reported for work 
at six o'clock and tried to pass the 
picket line. Strikers deployed from 
their barricades, halted the non- 
strikers arid rolled three automobiles 
over on their sides. 



By noon reinforcements arrived 
I Bloody outbreak came at Warner i for 00lh sk i cs . Squads of police ar- 
I Bros.' Burbank studio yesterday i8l ! rived from Glendale and Los An- 
I with the third, day of mass picketing ! geJes to aid the Burbank cops, 
marked by heavy violence between | while the strikers increased to about 
'pickets, rion-slrikers.. police and j l.nflO. led by Herbert Sorrel!, prexy 
| sheriff's deputies. Rioting started of the Conference' of Studio Unions, 
hen. shortly before 6 a.m., the When more non-strikers attempted to 
flag was hoisted atop crash the gate, there was a general 
Non-strikers rushed the melee in which various implements 



American 
Warners. 

massed picket lines in front of en- 



Pix Studio P.A.S Form 
New Ass'n Away From SPG 

Hollywood, Oct. 9. 

Motion Picture Studio Publicists 
Association adopted by-laws and a 
constitution last night (Mon.) at a 
general membership meeting, at 
which it. was announced 112 work- 
ing publicists have affiliated them- 
selves with the new flack union. 
Plan announced as completed for 
filing a petition with the NLRB ask-« 
ing election of working publicists to 
designate a bargaining agent. 

Flacks voted unanimously not to 
pay further dues to Screen Publi- 
cists Guild. 



is notified in writing that a member ; Uance gates l0 be joiijed shortly bv 
wishes to withdraw from member- j police and riepuly s ,, erifTs ^, mg{n , A 

'clubs, groups finally clearing. a path. 



ship. 



FONDA BOWS JJJ FROME' 

Hollywood. Oct. 9. 

Henry Fonda's fust film role, fol- 
lowing his release from^t he Army, 
will be nTale lead opposite Belt': 
Davis in "Ethan Frome" at Warner.". 

Picture is slated for an early win- 
ter, start, with Henry Blaiike pro- 
ducing. 



Under the RWLB decision of Sat- 
urday (6) the Motion Picture Thea- 
tre Operating Managers & Assistant 
Managers Guild, organized by RKO 
managers, work week was reduced 
from 63 to 48 hours and scales of 
$85 to $140 weekly for managers and 
$40 to $75 for assistants was estab- 
lished. 

Meantime, following its lengliily 
fight against RKO. the MPTOM&- 
AMG is extending its sphere of op- 
erations to take in managerial em- 
ployees of other circuits in the 
Greater N. Y. area and surrounding 
territory. r . • 

Initial objective is the Cinema cir- 
cuit of 11 theatres in N. Y., ^rook- 



employed battery 
; clubs, etc:', and Hei- 
Conferencc of Studio 



Non-strikers 
cables, chain 
bert Sorrel 1, 
Union, 
with chain 

Also hit was LeRoy Prinz, WB 
dance director, whose scalp was 
creased with a bottle. Both men pre- 
viously had been injured in Friday's 
IS)- rioting. Total, of 39 injured 



of war were used, including tear gas 
bombs, fire hoses, knuckles, clubs, 
brickbats and beer bottles. After 
two hours of strife, 300 police and 
deputy sheriffs dispersed the pickets 
and counted about 40 casualties, 
| none...serious. 

prexy, was struck in . face j Sorrell and eight pickets were 

taken to the Burbank jail and later 
released under $1,500 bail each. 
Pickets included John D. Johnson, 
screen cartoonist; Howard R. Howe, 
studio painter; Joseph R. Daniels, set 
decorator; Roy V. Lockridge, carpen- 



while others were carried away by 
friends without seeking medical aid. 
Twelve victims were treated at the 
Burbank Emergency Hospital, but 
only one is said to be seriously in- 
jured, rest being treated for cuts and 

l.vn and Westchester county operated i 01 il lsc ?' . 

by Max A. Cohen and associates. A I u P P duc,,on for » ** was 

meeting was held last week before > , do " n ' ^ lth ""'^ chorus rehe. 
the N. Y. State Labor Board to dis- 



were treated at the studio hospital. ] ter; Richard L. Morley, cartoonist; 

Anthony V, Schivone, picket cap- 
tain, and Charles E. Barker, ma- 
chinist. 

Another heavy picket line of about 
1.000 returned to the front Saturday 
morning, and this time they were 
armed with an injunction, granted 



I cuss the holding of an election but ' 
I was . adjourned until this, morning 
I (Wednesday) at request of attorneys' i 
i for Cinema who asked more time to ' 
j study the case. RKO Managers' , 
Guild claims it has* a majority in 
Cinc.Ma theatres. j 
George Dunn, manager of RKO's 
81st St.. N. Y., is chairman of the! 
MPTOM&AMG. 



by Superior Court Judge John 
Beardsley. Court ordered Warner 
sals under Prinz and one camera- I Bros, studio police and city police, 
man reporting for duty, although he , alike, from interfering with the 
later is understood to have left when ', p1r ikeis in their mass picketing, 
rioting started. j Non-strikers, reporting for the early 

Five pickets, including a foinme i morning shift, were blocked by the 
marcher, were arrested and booked : P'ckcts again, but the day went by 
on charges of inciting riot. Girl, | w 'thout a repetition of Friday's 

' ! rioting. 



K. C. Indie Theatre 

Owners Form Own ftrfijg^ 



ward H. Wolk Co.: B. B. Buchanan, 
Kroehler Mfg. Col; Dave Dewey, 
Bob Gardner. Ed Howe and Joe Hel- 
ler. Chicago Theatre Supply Co. 

Also Arch Trebow, Balabari Si 
Katz purchasirig agent; Sam Leviii- 
sohn. Chicago Used Chair Man: 
Stanley Lcvine. Stanley Theatre 
Supply Co.: William Dassow, N«.- 

tiQiial Theatre Supply: R. V. an 1 . Kansas City. Oct. 9 

Thomas E. LaVezzi'anrl Jake Mi'.- Organization of the K. C. Ind 
,chcll,.LaVezzi Machine Works; Hank '- pen'dt-nt. Theatre Owners' Associa- 
Markbrcil and Louis Price. Poppers I l 'on, composed of - indie- proprietors' 
Supply Co,; R. E. Smiley and E. D [and managers in and near Kaycec. 
Magnus, Continental Electric; Tom I was completed at a meeting here 
Flannery, W.iiile Way Electric Sign t ^ast Wednesday (3). Herman 111- 
& Maintenance Co: ' ir.cr, of the Bagdad. Fiesta, South- 

Larry Strong. Essanay : Electric . town' and Tivoli theati'ew. .was 
Mfg, Co.: J. J. Arnsfield. Adler Sit- \ elected president; Herbert E. Wal- 
houette Letter Co.; Edwin Wade. j ti-rs. of the Strand and Vo-.iie. v;o.. 
Rauland-GM Laboratories; C. j and E! .Hartman. of the Motion Pic- 
Cooley. Da-Lite Screen: Edwin Wag-; lure Booking Agency, secrctary- 
ner, Wagner Sign Service: Erwin R. treasurer.. . 

and Morton L. Ferisin and Lester Board cOnlprises the three officers 



Simansky. Ferisin Seating Co.: Mike 
Yar and Harry iUayer. RCA-Viclor; 
Chester Fensin; General Cnair Co.. 
and S. J. -ZageT. Comriiercial Metal 
Product's Co. ;'':■ '. 



and Charles Potter, of the Baltis. 
Bijou and Murray - then I res; Rube 
FinkJestoiri. of the Belmont and 
Pasco, and Dan Bodnoy, of the Ad- 
miral, all K, C. hou.-es. 



Vernona Chalmers, a striking secre- 
tary, was 'accused of having con-- 
cealed weapons when officers said 
they found her carrying a blackjack. 
She was - held in $1,000 bail. Ar- 
rested on charges of inciting riot 
and disturbance of peace were Joe 
Glasser, studio carpenter; William E, 
carpenter. William J. Sieves, 
iter, and Lester A. Pine, a 
writer. Bail for each Was fixed at 
$500. - 

Attorney Ben Margolis was 
ejected' from' the studio by police 
after he repeatedly demanded that 
the arrested strikers be immediately 
produced before a magistrate. '* Mar- 
golis laler declared he was prepar- 
ing to.. tile suit against Warners for 
$50,000 .each for some 200 strike! s. 
Marpoilfi claimed rights 
had 

held lor several hours on sUidh 
property without' an appearance be 
fore -a committing magistrate. 



I Meiinvvhile Wariier Bros, were 
! granted a temporary writ of injunc- 
tion by Judge Joseph W. Vickris, 
| limiting the number of pickets. Writ 
. limited the. strikers as follows: four 
! pickets at the main gate; two at the 
!. administration building entrance:' 
' two at the publicity entrance: tw.ii at 
I. the casting office; two at the music 
j department: three at the north gate 
and three at the laboratory entrance. 
. AM pickets were ordered to remain 
• 10 feel apart and -8ve feet away 
■ from studio property. 



CAN.'S 1ST EX-SERVICE SHOW 

Montreal, Oct. !>. 
Lieut. Hughie Green, former Brit- 
ish film star recently discharged from 
of strikers j tiie RCAF, is heading Canada's first 
been violated when they were i ex-servicemen variety show to tour 

the Dominion. Show will open at 
His Majesty's theatre, Montreal* 
Nov. 14. 



Appeal to Governor I Program will also be aired weekly 

Studio execs were reported in con- {over the CBC network, and;.be re- 
, tact with Gov. Earl Warren, and it is 'corded for all . foreign countries 
! known that five guard officers wen j where Canadian soldiers- are still on 
,senl to . studio yesterday to survey duty. 



Wccliiesday, October 10, 1945 



PfiRtETY 



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PICTURES 



USriety 



Wnlnesilny, October 10, 1915 



Socialite Sponsors of N.Y. War Fund 
Tie Their Drive With 'G.I. Joe' Preem 



Balloting for Sunday 
Pix in 27 Pennsy Towns , 

Philadelphia, Oct.. 9. j 



Twenty - seven communities 



'Unfavorable Anti-Trust' 



Continued from page 3 

Pennsylvania will, vote on the ques- | a ll excellent fellows and fine law- j his .charge 



Convinced of the necessity for 
flian'iirliKing tlieir. final' campaign, a 
tough job since the war is over and 
most people want to forget about it. 
(he silkstoeking New York National 
War Fund Committee did. a switch' 
eroo from fho staid, conventional, 
stufl'i'd-shirt teeolr dinners of former 
years and tied in their current drive 
($17.0(10.000) with Ernie Pyle's 
"Story of GI .top." 
. Ticup, effected by Mori Krushen, 
head of exploitation for ' United 
Artists, working under Barry 
Buchanan, UA advertising-publicity 
chief, netted exploitation values con- 
servatively estimated : at $250,000 in 



New Theatre Bldg. 



Continued from page 5 



through lease or building. Siritzkys 
are wartime refugees from France. 

X.O.'s S200.000 Cinema 

New Orleans, Oct, 9. 
A $200,000 theatre will be erected 
oil Canal street and Elk Place , by 
Delta Theatres, Inc.. as announced 
by Levere C. Montgomery, secretary 
of the firm. Construction begins 



■lion of showing Sunday films Nov. 6. 
I Of those voting, two of them now 
I permit Sabbath pix— Bradford and 
! New Castle. All others balloting 
j now have Sunday Blue laws. ■ 

They are: Brackenbridge, Everett. 
West Chester, Downingto\yn. Blooms- 
burg, Catawissa. Carlisle. Lemoyne, 
Middlctown, Steelton, Greensboro, 
Indiana. Calasauqua, Emausi Slat- 
ington. Jersey Shore. Sunbury. East 
Greenville. Danville, Hellertowiv. 
Northampton, New Philadelphia, 
Sclihsgrove, Mt. Pleasant and La-, 
trobe. : 



that the defendants 

yers, but I can't devote the balance I through" their production, distribu- 
tion and exhibition activities, ot>ii- 
, trol the industry, and will cite ex- 
I amples of harmonious interchange 
I of production talent and equipment 
j among the companies. 



Jan. 2, 1940. and when completed the i 
pre-selling the film to public and | i, ol , se w ill have a seating capacity I 
exhibitors in (he N. Y. metropolitan 0 j a bou't 2.000. The linn has a 50- 
srea. -' year lease on the site. ■". 



Detailed Plans 



Continued from wage 4 



Activities of the toppers in con 
liection with the campaign (includ 
ing Winthrop Aldrich, Vincent As 
tor. John D. Rockefeller, Carl Whit 
more. N. Y. Telephone Co. prexy) 
also brought into the picture, a- 

majority of 5th avenue department ; of theatres m the south, is president 
stores 

Simultaneously, J o s e p h 



The building will' be equipped for • expect to have 34 features w ithin a 
television so that switches can be- year in their zone, but to date have 
made from regular programs to shown only one,- "Batiment du 
current world events. : : ■:.:."'.' Coeur" ("Heart-Beat"), with Danielle 



of my life to this case 

Indications are that if the attor- 
neys can guarantee that such a re- 
cess Will sharply abbreviate the de- 
fense testimony, it might be' granted. 
However. Assistant Attorney-Gen- 
eral Wright expressed little eon:;- 
dence in such a recess unless defem-'' 
attorneys preclude the possibilities 
of a stall by stipulating definite lim- 
itations as to the width and depth 
of the trial. . Wright, has volunteered 
to facilitate .matters, by accepting, af- 
fidavits from lop film execs and thus 
saving them the trouble of .mnkin ., 
■court appearances. However, .ha 
i would do this only if.he is permitted 
to call those persons for rebuttal if 
necessary. 

Most of the exhibits have so far 
been entered without objeetio-i; 



Joy. N. Houck. operator of a chain 



i of Delta Theatres. Clair P. Hilgers. 
j ! manager of Film Classics. Inc., dis- 



Sharkey.. vice-chairman of the N. Y. 
City Council, though not a chairman 
of any NWF group, stepped in . to 
make the pitch which helped secure 
for UA the permit to erect signs in 
the centre of Times Square (oppo- 
site, the Hotel Astor and the Astor 
theatre), on city fencing, plugging 
the picture and the NWF drive. 
Sharkey also paved the way for the 
distribution of placards, lieing up 
"GI Joe'' and the Fund, in some 
10,000 trucks, factories, garages, 
beauty parlors, barber shops, offices 
and restaurants. 



tributors of motion pictures, is v.p. 



First Cinema Since Sound 

Detroit. Texas. Oct. 9. 
Major A. E. Chewning plans new 
theatre here. Town has been with- 
out a house since the advent of 
sound. Major Chewning expects to 
.be out of the Army in December. 



Dennis' Addition 

Fort Worth, Oct. 9. 
New theatre contemplated here by 
L. C. Dennis to replace his present 
Majority of 5th avenue depart- | house, now closed. Dennis is owner 



ment stores, giving newspaper ad 
yertisihg space to the National War 
Fund drive, also used quotes from 
"GI Joe" crediting Ernie Pyle and 
the film. Hearn's, in full-page copy 
in the. New York Daily News and 
Mirror, carried the "GI Joe" plugs 
prominently. Others using the | 
Ernie Pyle copy included Sak's 5th 
Avenue, Bonwit Teller, Abraham & 
Strauss, while slated to use similar 
copy this week are Sak's 34th street, 
Stern Bros, and Namm's (Brooklyn). 
Arnold Constable came in for a 



and operator of a small Texas cir- 
cuit. 



New 1,200-Seatcr in L. A. 

Hollywood, Oct. 9. 
•Metropolitan Theatres, chain op- 
erating several downtown houses, 
has purchased 00 by 165 foot prop- 
erty site at 726 S. Broadway for the 
proposed erection of a 1.200 seat film 
house. Reported purchase price was 
$650,000. 

Charles Skouras. Sherrill Corwin 



special promotion via the Times and and Mike Rosenberg head the Met 



World-Telegram, placing on sale 250 
seats for the Gotham preem (Oct. 5) 
and ottering a copy of Pyle's "Here 
Is Your War" to the purchaser of 
each ticket. (Proceeds from the 
preem go to the Fund.) . 

World Publishing Co., publishing 
the motion picture edition of "Joe," 
at first lukewarm to the promotion, 
jumped in with large display space 
apparently to cash in on the. hypoed 
public interest in the film. 
■ N. Y. National, War Fund public 
relations director George Proctor 
plugged the. "GI Joe" tieup via 
newspaper stories dealing with the 
campaign with result tha* the film I 
broke into the front pages and other 
news columns in virtually all N.. Y. 
dailies. Hugh Holohan, special 
events director for the N. Y. NWF, 
planted "GI Joe" copy in speeches 
at rallies at the Botanical Garden 



Chain. Furniture store/, currently 
on properly, is expected to remain 
until Metropolitan- begins construc- 
tion. 

Another New House 

Cuyahoga Falls, O.. Oct. 9. 
Washington Circuit, Cleveland, 
which operates the 1,000-seal Falls in 
Cuyahoga Falls. O.. plans new the- 
atre in that city. 1.200; seats, all on 
one, floor, air conditioning and tele- 
vision facilities. Excavation will 
] start Nov. 1 and the building will be 
completed in approximately 120 



Darrieux. 

The Russians have about 14 fea- 
tures in prospect for the immediate 
future in their territory, of which 
eight are being shown now, other six 
beiiig in process of dubbingY The 
British. French and Americans are 
using German subtitles, but the Rus- 
sians don't. They have a narrator 
reading, the story while the film is 
unreeled, until they have dubbed in. 

As to documentaries and shorts, 
U. S. has 19 already, air with Ger- 
man sound-track, with 30 more ex- 
pected by Aug. 1, '46. The British 
have two. expecting 75 more within 
a year. The French have one, and 
are working on 62 more. As to news- 
reels, one print .was made in Munich 
under Anglo-American auspice s. 
called "Welt im Film" r'The World 
Screened"), produced jointly by OWI 
and Britain's P.I.D. (Political Intel- 
ligence Dept.). which is being shown 
.in both British and U. S. zones. 

Russians, British and French have 
indicated informally that they want 
to exchange films witli U.S., but noth- 
ing has been worked' out yet. The 
British have more houses, and less 
features, because the U. S. has been 
in no hurry to open theatres. We've 
been more concerned with the pix, 
that they should serve a helpful pur- 
pose, said Taylor. The British 



Wright named RKO and Loew s as 
controlling the first-run houses in 
N. Y„ Warners' in Philadelphia, 20th 
in Kansas City, and Paramount in 
Atlanta, Ga. 

He will attempt to prove .'false the. 
defendants' claim that "nobody .who 
ever' produced a picture has ever 
had any difficulty in - having it 
widely .shown.'" 

" No New Decree Sighted 

On Monday (8), Wright, eliminated 
any hope of a compromise settle- 
ment, such as the consent decree 
which 'resulted from the original 
However; material relating solely to | Now York suit in 1938. by declaring 
neWsreels and shorts was . stricken j (hat ''although 'the decree has loos- 
out for all companies yesterday a f- j ened controls slightly, the evils are 
ternoon. • ■ ,. - [ substantially :the same, or increased- 

Wright on Production as in the cases of Paramount and 

Wright refused to be pinned down 2<)1h-Fox. 'which have expanded 
as to whether the case continues j tbeir theatre interests 5'„ since the 

decree. ' , . 



involve the charge of "conspiracy >i 
production" inasmuch as no mention 



Trial opened • with . a' motion by 



of this charge was made in the trial . Harold J. Sherman, representing the 
brief. American Civil Liberties Union, ask- 

"I'm not pressing a charge of mo- ling leave 1o intervene as a friend of— 
nopoly Of production." lie rcplir.-i. the court. The defendants objected 
"However. I will show that m.v- | unanimously and action on the mo- 
nopoly of the theatre market does , t iph w as reserved, 
allow a stringent control over pro- j . Wright, in his trial brief, promised 
duction." .. . j to prove the Government's charges 

The trial which is being presided | of monopoly on the strength of docu- 
ovcr by U. S. Circuit Judge Augustus j menus prepared by the defehdanls 
N. Hand, aided by U. S. District themselves. He introduced blue- 
Court Judges John Bright and Henry I prints of the rental lives of a number 
Warren Goddard. reached a dra- of films in various cities including 
matic moment yesterday (9) when | "Singing Marines,' "A Star Is Bom. , 
former Judge Joseph M. Proskauer. j "Elephant Boy." "Road to Glory, 
representing Warners, warned' that \ "Shall We Dance' and ■ Luckiest Girl 
the decision reached by the judges, in the World," in an attempt to show 
if unfavorable, would doom the mo- that the selection of pictures by the 
tion picture industry in America. producers-distributors in their own 
"We are fighting with our backs or mutually related theatres rcsulled 
to the wall in this courtroom even!' 1 " » < -'°' lll '° 1 of '65-/0% of all grosses 
as at this moment we fight govern- Realized mi any film, and allowed 

company-controlled exhibitors, ill 



mental discrimination in Great Brit 
ain. France and Czechoslovakia,' 
Proskauer declared. 

Break Kvcn Domestic 



turn, to : dictate the value, of indie 
theatres in town by stipulating sub- 
sequent playing dates in his area. 
Opening statement of Whitney 
Proskauer explained that on (he mHf) S( . vllu)ur . of Simpson. Tliacher 
average, pix companies break even I & : Biu .;, eU , . n Uorneys for Paramount, 



jumped, in., showing German films. I on domestic business, reap their , p,..,^ t j le arbitration tribunal set 



days. George Ebeling, Cleveland, is 
architect. 



Fine's 2,000-Sealcr 

East Cleveland, O., Oct. 9. 
New' 2.000-scater will be part of 
$250,000 community shopping center I 
(60.000 attendance) and earlier at the j project which will be built by Bel- demonstrate 
Eronx teeoff rally. Arthur Wcndorff. 
head of the Bronx Division of the 
drive, used film copy in rallies 
scheduled to reach a total audience 
of 500.000 before Oct.- 29, with NWF 
sound trucks blaring the "GI Joe" 
hookup. 



while we've waited 

Nazis' Propaganda Goad 

Incidentally. U. S. forces viewed 
126 German films, finding only 26 
without propaganda, or without 
prominent. Nazis in the credits. Tay- 
lor admitted the Nazis made good 
films, while also being successful in 
getting propaganda into them. But 
| the U. S. doesn't want to show Ger- 
man films: they want a clean break 
with the Nazi past. 

As t.) American features, the U. S. 
requested 48 films to be supplied to 
them by the pix industry between 
now and August, '46. A good: many 
have already been chosen, all of 
them selected in America by the 
OWI for such reasons as portraying 
American life, depicting American 
history, showing democratic values. 

superiority of the 



profits from foreign trade. | up by the consent decree. Seymour 

"In normal times." he continued, j declared that of the 17.000 theatres 
"films brought $100,000,000 revenue j in the U. S.. Paramount owns pin t 
a year into this country. Now we ! or all of 1.600, or less than 9'J. lie 
must hold the fort against rising for- termed the proposed theatre control 
eign governmental opposition. We i dissolution "an amputation." 
have so far been able to do this His statement coincided with those 
through the high quality of our pic- tha ' t followed bv John W. Davis for 
tures. and our pictures have been of L o CW '. s all( i j 0 hn F. Caskev for 
such quality because our theatre 20th in that aU exp r e ssed doubt as 
holdings guarantee us a chance of to w j 1a , the concrete charges of the 
realizing' our production invest- • Government were, and all three in- 
ments. i sisted that their client companies 

"The Government has a paper | wcrp independent corporations . own- 
case, ' Proskauer charged, "by which ; frt8 M0 slock in each oihcri an(l „„. 
it hopes to cure every ailment with , lblo , 0 exercise anv conlro \ over, 
the same medicine. The entire mo- | t | 1e cn tire industry 
tion picture industry would be sunk ' 
if Mr. Wright ever got his way 



more Theatre Co.. at the southwest I American film industry over the 
coiner of Euclid ave. and Belmore | G erman. and the like. Films include 
Parking lot, to provide space for 750 ! bolh °' tl an <l new - Already okayed 

'are "Here Comes Mr. Jordan," 
"Pride and Prejudice," "It Hap- 
pened Tomorrow." "Young Tom Edi- 
son." "The Gold Rush," "Dr. F.hr- 



cars: .Air-conditioned and large j 
stage, to accommodate television j 
reception. M. S. Fine heads Bel- | 
more Theatre Co. He is associated ! 
with 28 other houses in northern 
Ohio. '■ 



*Sp?lIbound' Stalled 
T.I1 Nov. at Astor, N.Y. 

"Spellbound," David O. Selznick. ' Mo,e Xew BW *- '" Te >» s 

production, being released by United ','"••. Dallas. Oct, 9. 

Artists, which originally was sched- War Production Board here gave 
ulcd to open at the Astor on Broad- the go ahead on construction permits 
way, soon after "Blithe Spirit" went on several houses throughout the 
into the Winter Garden, has been I slate. Phil Isley received permission 
held back until November. A new I to build a $42,000 house here. Dr. 
soundtrack is being made for "Spell- |,M. L. Parrish and Homer Walters of 
bound." "Spirit" debuted last Marlin received the go for a $45,000 



Wednesday (3) on Broadway 

Iii the meantime, UA's "Guest 
Wife" is set to start at the Criterion 
us soon as "Shady Lady" finishes its 
run this month, 



PARKS TO PLAY 'J0LS0N' 

Hollywood, Oct. 9. 
Larry Parks draws the role of Al 



theatre. Frimk Demopulos of Tex 
arkana received the green light on a 
$35,000 project, which will include 
a theatre. ' ' \ 

According to present indications 
there .will be tour new theatres, in 
Waco, with work, now under way on 
two. A Drive-In is now under cou- 
f.ruclion by C. A. Richler who owns 



Jolson in Columbia's forthcoming I an'(]. operates Drive-Ins in Corpus 
saga of the show business. "The Al I Christi md Harlingeii. 

Jolson Story." Choice was made I ,,. ,.• . ," .... 

after extensive tests following! n,cls, ; 1 ' (> ls eonstruclmg a new 

" nabt' with part ol the. work corn- 



extensive tests following 
Parks' appearance in two Columbia 
pictures, "Counter - Attack" and 
"Renegades." 

Picture will be filmed in Tech- 
nicolor, with Sidney Skolsky pro- 
ducing arid H. Bruce Humberslone 
directing. 



pletcd, 

i Set lo open in the late fall will be 
! the Trefoil, built by . the O'Dowd 
t Bros., one of whom is a local lawyer. 
| New- nabe is being contemplated 
| by B. F. Haman. 



lich's Magic Bullet." "Madame Cu- 
rie," "You Were Never Lovelier," 
"I Married a Witch," "Abe Lincoln 
in Illinois." "Shadow of a Doubt," 
the Capra GI training series, "Why 
We Fight.' We want to show the 
Germans films that were made for 
GIs who could lick their supermen. 
"Song of Bernadette" is among oth- 
ers that have been requested. 

"Edison" and "Prejudice'' were the 
first U. S. films shown the Germans, 
said Taylor, with the reception very 
cordial and boxolfice excellent. The 
U. S. Army is distributing the films, 
exhibiting under regular commercial 
terms, on a scale agreed on. between 
OWI and the pix industry, depositing 
the industry's, share in blocked 
marks tor the future. The industry 
has been very rc«ponsiv«, said Tay- 
lor, and knows the U. S, ' Army".? 
problem. Pix leaders who visited 
Europe in July, he said, have .been 
-nost cooperative in trying to get 
■supplied what was needed. 

Taylor, who is in the U. S. on a 
special .mission from Gen. MpCIu.ro 
to see pix, theatre and music people- 
to acquire copyright material for use 
in Germany, expects to finish his 
mission Oct. 5, toke a month's .rest, 
then return to CBS. ' 



Proskauer. in his statement, chal- 
lenged the charge of cross-payments 
by the major companies by showing 
that whereas in 1937 Warners paid 
Loew's almost 20'; of its theatre 
revenue, Loew's only pafd Warners 
eight-tenths of \" r . ■ In 1944. he re- 
vealed. Warners paid $3,800,000 to 
Loew's and only received $200,000 in 
rentals from Loew's. 

"Warners control 3 j; 5 r !i of the 
nation's theatres and Only Vi", of its 
seating capacity." Proskauer said. 
"Does this make for a monopoly? 
Warners has never had a combina- 
tion of theatres powerful enough to 
monopolize. The Warner circuit was I 
born in trade warfare.''. 

George S. Leisure, of Donovan. 
Leisure, Newton '&. Lombard, repre- 
sented RKO and repeated the off- 
spoken claim that each company Was 
a separate unit an*should be tried 
and examined as such. 

RKO'S Rental Percentage 
Among the facts he cited' were RKO's 
average distribution, of 7'';. of the na- 
tion's film output of which .18% was 
independently produced. As an ex- 
ample of the keen competition en- 
gaged in throughout the industry, he 
told how RKO held, lost and again 
regained 1 distribution rights to Walt 
Disney's films, while on the other 
hand RKO lost "March of Time" dis- 
tribution to 20th-Fox. 



Davis accused Assistant U. S. At- 
torney Wright of playing the Gov- 
ernment's hobby of "cure-all," and 
likened its proposed solution of cut- 
ting oil the producers of pix from 
their exhibition to "using a mustard 
plaster for a black eye." 

Davis further demanded that ■ 
Loew's be heard and judged by it- 
self, 

Caskey, for 20th, was. cautioned. Jiy 
the judges a number of times for 
his "genealogical" approach. This 
had reference to the barrister's pre- 
dilection for tracing the - history of 
Fox Film into its 20th-Fox status. 
Imposing Array of Legal Talent 
There's an imposing array of legal 
talent representing the pix compan- 
ies. Paramount is represented by 
I WWtnpy N. Seymour of. Simpson, 
Thacher & Bartlett, Austin C. 
Keough. Louis Phillips, and Albert 
C. Bickford. For RKO: George S. 
1 Leisure of Donovan, Leisure. New*, 
I ton & Lombard,' Granville Whilth s- 
ley. Jr.. R. R. Irvine and George E. 
i Youngman. For. Loew's: John .W. 
I Davis of Davis, Polk, Wardwell, 
i Sunderland & Kiehdl. J, Robert Hu- 
! bin, C. Stanley Thompson, Benjamin. 
I Meinko and H. Hazzard Gillespie. 
I For Warners: Robert W, Perkins, 
j Judge Joseph M. Proskauer, J. Alvin 
I Van Bergh and Howard Levinson. 
I For : 20th: Richard E. Dwight. John 
F. Caskey and Frederick Pride of 



"What kind, of a monopoly could! Dwight. Harris. Koegel & Caskey 
we, practice,"' Leisure asked, "when, j For Columbia: Louis D. Frohlich of 
in 1944. we did a $35,000,000 busi- ; Schwartz & Frohlich, Arthur 11. 
ness, or only 3V.i of the Govern- ; Schwartz, Irving Moross and' .Max 
ment's estimated, billion dollar a year ; H. Rose. For Universal: Edward C. 
total intakeT' i Rattery, Adolph Schima), 'Arthur K. 

Wright promised to substantiate j Driscjpll and George A. Rattery. 



Wednesday, Oelobcr 10, 1945 PfiSSgETY 21 



22 



PICTURES 



PftRlETY 



Wednesday, October 10, 1945 



Literati 



Stanton .Leeds' Story on Sime 

Feature story in the October issue 
of NcNVspaperijian is "Sime's Secret,' 
sub-title reading; "Broad way. knows 
no greater paper than.. 'Variety'— 
»nd one 1 man mode it." Article, on 
the late Sime Silverman was au- 
thored by Stanton Leeds, formerly 
on "Varietv," and now a staffer oil 
the N. Y. World-Telegram; It i.s one 
ef a series ot newspaper stories be- 
ing written by Leeds. that will reach j 
book form.. . . . . ■ \ 

He has completed -"another, "Nose 
for News," with James Gordon Ben- 
nett, (he subject. 

Newspaperman is' published by 
Harry P. Harwich, and edited by 
Herbert A, Kenny. Hyde Park. Mass. 
All articles and stories are by work- 
ing newspapermen. 



dorf." All four are currently play- 
ing first-run houses in major cities. 



admit they are interested in a new 
publication. Curtis plans to put out 
a new .recreation-travel monthly 
called "Holiday." Crowell mag. 
however, hasn't even reached the 
blueprint stage. .-.'.'■ 

Plans on other postwar mags 
are -proceeding more slowly-, the 
Marshall Field-sponsored popular 
weekly, which Norman Cousins, 
Saturday Review editor, is to head, 
still being indefinite. A new mag 
for femmes, Fascination, to be put 
out by Arco Publishing, is, h jwever, 
set for January. 

"Holiday," first major event in the 
postwar publishing world, will be 
out mid-February, dated -March, '46. 
A slick paper job. devoted mainly 
to travel and recreation, it will sell 
at 50c. Initial ad rates will be K1.300 



Read ins News Strike Hits Theatres 

Strike ot Union printers, tying up 
completely both daily newspapers 
for four weeks, ltit not only film 
houses in Reading, Pal, ...but has 
almost washed lip stage productions. 
Rajah, city's. .only legit, house, did 
poorly with "School for Brides" anil 
"L'ncle Tom's Cabin" in the past 
week. Inability, says Manager C. G. 
Keeney, to reach the public through 
normal advertising channels caused 
the loss of business. 



War Books' Statistics 

Council of Books hv Wartime has 
issued booklet on 744 books pub- 
lished for GIs overseas, same being 
history of the first two years of edi- 
tions for the armed services. In two 
years, monthly production, on its 
tomes rose from 50.000 copies each 
of 30 titles to, 155,000 copies each of 
40 titles. Contemporary fiction and 



"40 Years of Laughter." Willie. 
Henry''' Morgenthau! Jr. and Sidney I who "is- the active stage member of 



V John O'Dorineirs Raps 

Two of John. O'DorineH's columns' 
of the past week in the N. Y. Daily- 
News have caused considerable cou- 
elcrnation in newspaper, among 
other, circles. 

Last Wednesday 1 3). in . a column 
defending Gen. Patton. O'Donnell 
stated 'that the GI Patton once 
shipped was Jewish, that ex-See'y. j 



Hillman had burned against Patton 
ever since, and, by implication, blam- 
ing the Jews, for Patton's change of 
command. Both Walter Winehell 
and Drew Pearson, on their Sunday 
(7) broadcasts, called the Jewish- 
GI statement, a lie. ;>-'■•-. 

On Monday 18), O'Donnell attacked 
publisher Marshall Field 3d and 
his PM for the series of proliles the 
tabloid ran on the columnist the last 
three Sundays. Taking exception to 
PM's story of a will dispute in the 
O'Donnell family, revolving about 
the columnist's father, and the state- 
ment that O'Donnell was "brought 
up with too. much money." the col 



Or a b ack and white page. $1,850 , , 
. ... i r,,., humor were most popular titles, with 

tor tour-color page. J. frank pc.\- > 



man will be editor: Herbert Hosking. 
m.e., and Don May. art director. 



Willie and Eugene Howard's Tome 

Willie Howard is writing a book 
of his experiences in vaudeville and 



historical novels a close third. 



John O'Hara - Sinclair Lewis Switch 

John O'Hara, who did the ' Intro 
for the "Portable F. Scott Fizgerald" 
anthology, wherein he panned Sin- 



, " I clan- Lewis rather . harshly, finds 
musical comedy With :hlS: piother h { mse j, in the curious position of 
Eugene, the title of the tome to be | nQW d(>ing the screenplay of Le wis* 

latest, "Cass Timberlane," for Metro. 

the duo. estimates that he has par- 
ticipated in 1,000 acts. 

His recollection will be refreshed 
by gandering part of a collection of 



CHATTER 

TiOuella Parsons signed to write 
monthly Hollywood articles, for Ces- 
5iw!oM"8aj^^^mbleS''by "Buster. | '"opoliian mag. 

RoUiman, Who was ' in radio some | Xavier Cugat's new book, "Carica- 



time ago and is recently out of 
the Army. — Rothman calls his col- 
lection "Cream of Wit." 



Tank Folding 

Closing down of Yank, the Army 
weekly, with .issue of .Dec. 28, i.s 
cued to Army theory that the mag 
was a report of the war to the lighter 
and hence, with the war over, its 
mission is completed. There had 
umnist claimed his father's memory j been talk of mag being taken over 



had been insulted, and saying, "Mr 
Field, you asked for it," and went 
on to explain in great detail the 
"mysterious" way that publisher 
Field's father met his death in 1905. 
O'Donnell mentioned Field senior's 
<lying statement that he had shot 
himself; the coroner's jury report' 
that the death was accidental; and 
the rumors that flew about Chicago 
at the time, namely (according to 
O'Donnell) that the elder Field was 
shot "in a gold-plated vice palace, 
the Everleigh club," which provided 
pleasures "for those impotent but 
wealthy." Elaborating on this angle, 
O'Donnell then went back to the 
coroner's story of a family tiff be- 
tween the Fieldses over Mrs. Fields 
"entertaining male guests" in her 
home, and Fields shooting himself 
after one such quarrel. Having said 
his. say, O'Donnell concluded with 
the moral, "that political wisdom 
isn't determined by making cracks 
at ancestors of newspapermen'' and 
signed off with: "remember, we 
didn't start it." 



by Time-Life or others, but Yank 
staffers, from Col. Franklin S. Fors- 
berg down, felt mag shouldn't con- 
tinue with individuals capitalizing 
on what was a combined GI project. 

Mag had 21 editions at one time, 
with 17 at close, and a circulation 
of over 3,000.000. Most editions 
were on rented machinery; three 
Pacific units used own offset 
presses, which will be turned over 
to other govt, agencies. Sheet never 
carried over three months' paper 
supply, which will be used up by 
December, hence no overage being 
left. Most of staff will be in civvies 
by December. Col. Forsberg, Yank's 
commanding officer, will return to 
Street & Smith as general manager. 

Stars and Stripes, GI daily news- 
paper, reportedly will continue in- 
definitely for occupation troops.. 



Pegler, Others Sued for SI '.000.000 

Two libel suits were filed here last 
week asking $12,000,000 from Westr 
brook Pegler, the King Feature Syn- 
dicate, and Illinois Publishing and 
Printing Co. (Hearst subsidiary that 
publishes the Chi Herald-American), 
for allegedly inferring that A. N. 
Spanel, ptcz of the International 



Sing's Biog Via World 

World Pub. Co., B. D. Zevin 
prexy, is rushing Ted Crosby's biog- 
raphy of brother Bing for spring I Latex Corp.. is a Communist. Spanel. 
publication. Bob Hope will do the whose home is Princeton, N. J., and 
introduction and it will be fully ILC - located in Dover, Del., are the 
illustrated. j Plaintiffs. They ask $0,000,000 apiece 

Another World book in the spring i because of the allegedly derogatory 
•will be "100 True Clime Stories," ;? rtlcl .e, which the H-A printed last 



tures I Have Known," hits the beok 
stalls this week. 

Wm. C. White has sold a novel. 
The Pale Blonde of Sands Street," 
to Viking Press, due out next Spring. 

E. J. Kahn; Jr., out ot Army last 
week and leaving by auto lor Coast 
before returning to New Yorker 
staff.' -''a.- 

Hillman Publications moving from 
long-time Times Square spot to 
larger quarters on Fifth avenue, 

N. Y. '-• -.':' 

Col. John T. Winterich, out of 
Army after live years, joining Sat- 
urday Review of Literature as man- 
aging editor. 

Louise (Mrs. Bugs) Baer grinding 
out a story-a-week, almost every 
week, for the N. Y. . Journal- Ameri- 
can mag section. 

Random House will publish Sol 
Hurok's memoirs, titled "Impre- 
sario," . next March. Hurok's p.a., 
Ruth Goode, gets fly-leaf credit as 
collaborator. 

Obits of author William Seabrook 
did not tell of his terrific dissap- 
poihtmcnt that, because of ailments, 
he 'was prevented from going to the 
Middle East as & war correspondent 
after he had made all preparations. 

Autobiography of Luke Barnett, 
| famed l ibber, and father of Vance 
Barnett. screen comic and a ribber in 
his own right, will be on the book- 
stands in a few weeks. It was 
ghosted by George Kelly. ex-Pitts- 
burgh newspapermen and now di- 
rector of parks in Allegheny County, 
Pa. 



I Salute to the Little Gay 

By Joe Laurie, Jr.^4^. 4444>44 ^ 44 ^: 

There's been , so much written about the headlincrs of show business and 
their contributions to the war effort. They have earned all the thanks 
we can give them. But I want to raise my typewriter in salute to the little 
people of business— the go-betweens, the preliminary fighters, the stage- 
setters for the big guys. 

These are ostensibly not important enough for writeups or pats on the 
back. They are as busy as a cat with two mice, playing camps, hospitals, 
etc, Rain or shine, many limes they pay their, own fares, missing meals, 
catching colds and being met just by corporals and sergeants instead ot 
generals and admirals. Taking any spot on the bills and dressing any 
place, minus flowery 'introductions. The GIs and Gobs they played to 
never heard of them, and may never hear of them again. And I doubt 
if they even remember their names. But these little guys and gals of show 
business engrave their performances in the hearts of many wounded and 
lonesome GIs and Gobs, who get a laugh, smile or thrill from these un- 
known troubadours of show business when they need a laugh most. 

There's been a lot written about some performers Who came back and 
kicked about conditions they had to play under. Why not? That's part, 
of the business. We have always had people in show business, front, and 
backstage, who kicked about everything. Why not? Some actors go along 
and never even bother kicking about had conditions. They figure what's 
the use? Nobody pays any attention to them, and as long as it's over, why 
raise a fuss? But we must not forget that those who kicked about bad 
conditions had those conditions bettered. 

Some of the little people grumble a little when, after working -.their 
heads oil', some name comes along and gels all the credit. It was always 
this way in all walks of life. The name doesnt' mean to do it, but it's his 
position that marks him for the publicity. Many local managers have put 
in many hard and long hours to put over bond drives, to see that the near- 
est camp and hospital got shows every week, and along comes the owner 
of the circuit and gets all the paper credit. Why not? If it wasn't for 
him there wouldn't be a local manager. There's enough credit to go around 
for everybody. And it was the great teamwork of every branch of show 
biz that made it possible to put over the greatest entertainment job ever 
done. ■ ■ .-• ■;' ' ' '"■ 

The quickened heartbeats of the wounded and boys in camps, on ships 
and on the flying fields make a lot of noise. And that's the applause for 
the little guys and gals. A precious few moments that these GIs and Gobs 
will sniff for years to come. That's the payoff for these people of show 
business. It has scrapbooks filled with forgotten columns of praise beaten 
a mile. They enrich the lives of our Airbed Forces with their great talents 
and so enrich their own lives. Years frotri now. when they sit back in the 
chimney corner of life, they will recall the smiles and cheer they spread. 
That will be their payoff. Without them the show .could never go on. 



Inside Stuff-Pictures 

Theatre receipts, together with film rentals 10 distributors, reached an 
alltime high for the industry this year in resort towns where many a house 
record was broken during the vacation period. Business is said to have 
run as much as 25' I. higher in resort communities than for any prior sea- 
son. Cases are reported where returns on pictures have exceeded flat 
rental terms, where these applied, by 10 times and more, with neither ex- 
hibitor nor distributor anticipating the killing that has been made on 
numerous pictures. 

In the mountain and shore resort towns served out of Ni Y. and Albany 
exchanges theatres have benefited by large vacationing crowds from near- 
by cities who, due to traveling and other problems, have not ventured far 
from home. 

Theatres in some resort towns operate all the year around but do sev- 
eral limes as much business during the summer as out-ot-scason, while 
others operate only during the vacationing months. In some cases this 
year houses that remain closed all winter, opened up earlier last spring. 



(March 15. 

Petitions said the complainants 
suffered "public suspicion, hatred, 
contempt and financial injury" from 
Pegler's yarn, which said in part, 
"Periodically, since 1939. the Inter- 
national Latex Co. of Latex Park, 
Dover, Del., has been running politi- 
cal arguments as paid < advertise- 
ments. These have been New Deal 
preachments, and anti-Nazi, but as 
far as my reading of them reveals, 
never anti-Communist, nor hostile of 
totalitarianism, as such.'' 
Spanel's petition added ho "is now 
- >• " t "and at all times" a loyal, patriotic 



edited by N. Y.'s ex-Police Commis- 
sioner Levy is J. Valentine, now of 
radio. It's his first literary effort 
iiince leaving public office. '.- 

World also has tied up with War- 
ner Bros, on "Mildred Pierce" with 
a 100,000-copy edition of James M. 
Cain's novel. Other pix editions due 
are "Kitty" by Rosamond Marshall; 
"Capt. Kidd" by Norman Reilly 
Raine; "They Were Expendable" by 
W. L. White; Samuel Hopkins 
Adams' "The Harvey Girls"; Marty 
Holland's "Fallen Angel." 



Retiirnihg-from-thc-wars newsmen' 
pose a problem lor all dailies which 
will probably take the same format 
as the N. Y. Post when Ted O'Gor- 
roan returned as music critic. This 
displaced Harriet Johnson, who was 
pro tera crick, and now becomes --as- 
sociate' music, expert. 

To further complicate matters, 
when John Riggs, the music editor 
of the Post, gets back from the serv- 
ice, be will ili turn be the authority 
over O'Gorman and Miss Johnson. 



Curtis-Crowell to Extend Rivalry? 

* Talk of Crowell Publishing Co. 
(Collier's, etc.) continuing its Sat- 
evepost ■ (Curtis Publishing Co.) 
livalry with a travel monthly to be 
titled "Playtime" is denied by 
Crowell execs, although latter do 



Pegltfr iT'ifme«**«'4* 
titled, "Communists Go 'Big Busi- 
ness' to Trick U. S." Both suits 
declared the term "Communist" car- 
ries a derogatory ^implication here, 
both by the commonly accepted 
meanipg and the one "officially pro- 
nounced by Congress." 



Plane Pic Shows 



Continued from pace 



G-D's Pix Editions 

Grosset & Dunlap publishing "To- 
morrow Is Forever" and "And Then 
There Were None" in motion pic- 
ture editions as part of its Film 
Classics Libary, Nationwide news- 
paper advertising is timed to break 
on each title as pix are released. 

First four titles in the G. $ D. 
series were "Love Letters," "State 
Fair," "Our Vines Have Tender 
Grapes" and "Weekend at The Wal- 



foremost among the pleasures re- 
quested by the passengers, 

Weight of projectors and film has 
been a constant objection inasmuch 
ss a pound of equipment displaces 
an estimated $100 worth of revenue 
annually. However, this black spot 
has been lightened considerably by 
the trend to' the featherweight 
16mm. Camera abetted by prints 
which all Hollywood studios are 
expected to manufacture soon, as a 
short -cut to increased revenue. 

Foremost among the pioneers of 
pix projection in flight is American 
Airlines whose engineers have blue- 
printed a plan whereby pix would 
be shown on a screen outside. •>*' the 
pilot luonTr Titiuwi, vVVWka be 
equipped with earphones. Those not 
wishing to see a movie could look 
the other way, wouldn't be disturbed 
by the soundtrack, audible only to 
those wearing the earphones. 

High rental cost of films may be- 
come another hurdle. ' Some airline 
execs feel that expensive pix rentals 
would stall the trend to cheaper 
flight costs. 

■■ Pan-American Airways then 
whipped up plan whereby they 
would make their own films, scenic 
in calibre, to show passangers where 
they were going and where they 
could go. However, other companies 
have nixed this type of thought by 
saying passenger has enough sce- 
nery on the flight,- would rather 
view feature pix. 



Donald Nelson who. like Erie Johnston, conies from public life in Wash- 
ington into the motion picture industry, not so long ago huddled at the 
Hays office (Motion Picture Producers & Distributors of America. Inc.) 
and proposed two export corporations — one for the MPPDA members and 
one lor the indies, or the Society of Motion Picture Producers, as Nelson's 
body is called. 

It had' to be pointed out. however to Nelson that while RKO releases th» 
product of such prominent SIMPP members as Disney, International 
iSpitz-Coetzi, Goldwyn, Capra. et al., and United Artists has its-own large 
group of SIMPP member-producers, none the less the distribution com- 
panies have the final say on domestic and world-wide sales. And both 
RKO and UA have agreed to go along with the MPPDA's Export Film 
Corp. on foreign sales, so far as it was feasible mechanically and legally. 

Thus, it was pointed out to the SIMPP prez, any idea of two Export 
Corps, was overboard. , 



For months Steve Hanncgan has slated that "if 1 could have a fevv 
words only with Jack Warner T know that the Ann Sheridan situation 
could be straightened out." The publicist's romantic interest in Miss Sheri- 
dan is now w.k.. and his opportunity came at the houscwarming last, week 
for William Jeffers, at the United Pacific prexy's new Hollywood home. 
A patching-up between WB-Miss Sheridan is reported. By coincidence, 
one of Hannigan's accounts is UP, and Jeffers, former wartime rubber ad- 
ministrator, is his friend. , 

• Or was it just a casual coincidence, because Hannegan and Warners, 
otherwise, have been unable to get together due to the studio's adamant 
attitude that the contracted actress had Walked out, and that's all there 
was of it from WB's viewpoint. The kiss-and-make-up is supposed to in- 
clude more consideration for her story properties. 



American bobby sox film, 'Teen A,ge Gjrls^w^ naniied so strongly by 
Entisii film ci files w/io' caught it at V recent London preview, thai'' pic was 
withdrawn from its booking in a hurry. Papers commented oil pic, London 
Dally Telegraph terming it "certainly unflattering to American girlhood." 
while the Chronicle's critic opined that "these frenzied sex-obsessed young 
things must be seen to be believed. The purpose of their curious clothes 
and habits and hideous jargon ,is»to preserve adolescence as long and as 
exclusively as possible." . 

"Variety" (Brou) reviewing pic June 21. '44, under then title of "Teen 
Age" (Continental), called It "a dull, obvious bit of sermonizing on jave 
delinquency . . . obviously filmed as a quickie . . . with jtive- members of 
theatre audience more bored than impressed," 



"Love on the Dole," which opens at the World, N. Y., on Oct. 12. as a 
reissue handled by Four Continents Film Co., was reviewed from London 
in "Variety"' April 30, 1941. Review said in part: "The camera's facility hi 
pin-pointing the tenets ot tragedy has been harnessed for excellent results 
. . . the Walter Greenwood novel screens as powerful dramatics and is in 
for a good deal of attention from patrons, both here (England) and in 
U, S." This is a British National film production, originally released by 

(.Continued on page 25) 



Wednesday. October 10, 194< f^ QSEff 2» 





starring 

VIRGINIA BRUCE EDWARD ASHLEY 

featuring VICTOR McLAGLEN 

with NILS ASTHER • HELEN BRODERICK 

and VEDA ANN BORG • JACQUELINE MOORE • ROBERT GREJG 
Directed by ARTHUR S. ROGELL 
Screen Play by ARTHUR PHILLIPS, LEE LOEB and DICK IRVING HYLAND 
Original Story by ART ARTHUR and ALBERT S. ROGELL 
Associate Producer - HARRY GREY 

■j4 IZejbtttic Ptetone 



STRICTLY A FAMILY AFFAIR I 
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• have a long m i . * n hesitatingly. 

audiences?" I questioned. . , ilhout tho8C features. 

diCnCC " " „« to the picture houses and appear before the 
"Do you ever go to tne \>iw 

into a mere pigmy beside her. 

opera, the regular drama, or the Photoplay^ 
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pictures. 




#Mi» lamorr, arc you afraid 
■■ * of gelling aid? 

A, Coed heavenr, no. I'm look - 
/** Ing forward la il. Mod wo- 
man who fear old ago oro afraid 
they'll lose Huh- looks. Bui I oxpacl 
whin I'm old and wrinkly I'll got 
fho ports .1 want— ratal where I 
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Fred Alien? 

I look like oifray whiff 
of ectoplasm with a 
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way, that's my awn hair 
I'm wearing, not ■ blowout 
patch llko Benny. 



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How would you earn a 
living. Miss Lamour, if 
ycu were not an actress? 



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rich husband lo support mo. 
I'm not trained for anything. 
The only other jobs I've had 
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and working in a factory. 



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some? 



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Wednesday, October 10, 1913 



PICTURES 



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Pub-Ad Promotions at Par and WB; 
Briefs From the Distribution Keys 



Sid Mesibov. the past two years 
assistant to Alec Moss, exploitation 
director for Paramount, succeeds Al 
Finestone as trade-paper contact at 
Par. Finestonc transferred to the 
Coast studio publicity department 
■ several' weeks- ago.. 

Orisinall.V a film inspector and 
shipper Car the old First Division 
company. Mesibov later moved into 
booking and sales for that organiza- 
tk»n. covering Pennsylvania and 
Delaware. Subsequently in Phila- 
delphia he was in charge of pub- 
licity-advertising for 42 Warner the- 
atres outside of Philly. Before corn- 
inn into the Par h.o. under Moss. 
Mesibov was field advertising rep for 
Par. working out of the N. Y. ex- 
change. 

Blumenstock Promotes Z 

Following his return from the 
Coast last week. Mort Blumenstock. 
successor to Charlie Einfcld in 
Charge of publicity advertising for 
W a liior. Bros., promoted Gil Golden, 
eastern advertising manager, to exec 
assistant to Blumenstock. but will 
continue, in charge of advertising, 
tarry Golob. formerly eastern pub- 
licity manager, is raised to the post 
of publicity director with enlarged 
duties. '• . 'C 

Both promotions were made with 
a view to freeing Blumenstock for 
larger exec duties between the h.o. 
and studio. 

Members of the Public Information 
Committee. Eastern Division, hon- 
ored Blumenstock at a dinner at the 
N. Y. Athletic club Friday night (5). 
with Golden and Golob as associate 
guests. Among those present were 
Si Seadler, S. Barrett McCormick. 
Frank Rosenberg,' Stanley Shuford. 
Barry Buchanan. David Lipton: and 
Arthur DcBra and Glenn Allvine. of 
the Motion Picture Producers & Dis- 
tributors of America. 



burgh Dec. 10-11. This will mark 
the silver anniversary of the organi- 
zation. William J. Blatt and William 
Finkcl arc co-chairmen in charge. 



Joe Kinsky .loins O'Reilly 

Joe Kinsky. long in theatre opera- 
tion and recently exec assistant to 
Eddie Hyman. who's in charge of 
Par's northern tier of theatres as 
tbeatro contact, has resigned that 
post to become general manager of 
the Sanitary Automatic Candy Corp.. 
headed by Charles L. O'Reilly, for- 
mer N. Y. exhibitor. " 

Feeling that there are great pos- 
sibilities for making the sale of 
candy and confectionery a more vital 
part of a theatre's revenue. Kinsky 
will formulate methods of expansion 
within the O'Reilly company and 
develop new ideas for merchandis- 
ing within the theatre. 

Settos Building 4 New Theatres 

Settos Theatres of Indianapolis 
has set an extensive expansion pro- 
gram that includes, the construction 
of four new film theatres in three 
different states. Circuit will build 
a 1.50O-seater in Louisville. Ky., 
suburban area. House will include 
television in its equipment. 

Another house will be built in 
Lima. O.. with 1,200-seat capacity. 
It also will have television. New 
theatres planned for Berne. Ind.. 
will seat 800. A new house in Tell 
City, Ind., will be erected on the 
site of the present Rialto. which will 
be torn down. It will have 1.000 
seats'. ■ - 

Settos also has taken over the 
operation of the Palace. Montepelier, 
Ind., with an elaborate improvement 
program outlined for it. This is a 
600-seater, . v 



Smoking Laws Relaxed in N. Y. 

An amendment to N. Y. City's ad- 
ministrative code governing the 
smoking in theatres, which was 
tightened 'following the Cocoa nut 
Grove mitery) fire in Boston, signed 
by Mayor LaGuardia last week." will 
permit, smoking in one-third of the 
seats of theatres which have no 
logos, boxes, mezzanines or balco- 
nies. However, this portion of such 
houses must have flameproof floor.; 
and metal receptacles for ashes and 
bulls. • 

In so-called stadium-type theatres, 
of which there are not many in N.Y.. 
smoking will be allowed in the back 
portions which incline upward like 
a balcony. 

Legislative committee of the In- 
dependent Theatre Owners Assn.. 
consisting of J. Joshua Golderg. Ru- 
dolph Sanders and Morton Sunshine, 
aided by Abe Mopper. attorney, 
were instrumental in having the bill 
passed. , ■ 



Pcnnsy Allied'* Conv. 

• Annual convention of Allied Mo- 
tion Picture Theatre Owners or 
Western Pennsylvania, unit in Allied 
States Assn., will be held in Pitts- 



Republic's Chi Deals 

Republic closed two circuit deals 
in Chicago while J. R. Grainger, 
company prexy, was there for the 
regional sales confab. Oct. 6-7. Full 
1945-46 program was set for Public 
Great States circuit covering 42 
Illinois theatres and for the Essaness 
Theatre Circuit of 28 houses in same 
state. 

Schines' Bond Gifts 

Rochester. N. Y., Oct. 9. 

Every Schine manager attending 
the regional meeting in the Hotel 
.Seneca here received a war bond 
ranging in value from $25 to $100. 
according to length of employment. 
L. W. Schine, heading the Glovers- 
ville delegation, also cheered the 50 
managers present by announcing a 
group insurance plan extending to 
families of house execs and improved 
working conditions for all theatre 
employees. It was the first area 
meeting since the war began. 

Lou Lazar. chief of operations, 
stressed the need for courtesy and 
improved service in the postwar 
period, and Seymour Morris, pub- 
licity chief! said effective exploita- 
tion of pictures will be needed more 
than in recent months. 



Big Turnout for Rhoden 

Kansas City, Oct. 9. 
Thirty-six executives of National 



Inside Stuff— Pictures 



Continued from page 22 



Anglo-American Film Corp. Original running time of 99 minutes has 
been cut to 89 in the reissue. 

Indicative of the lengths some people will go is the story of the Holly- 
wood star (male) who recently paid $7,000 for a 1942 Cadillac, original 
price of which was $1,500. 

Chicago car dealer found out about'the inflationary price charged for 
the crate when he got a ball. from the Coast dealer who sold it to the star 
about some matter pertaining to the title, guy here having made the orig- 
inal sale. Also discovered it had changed hands seven times before land- 
ing with the star, and figured, after a little addition, that it went up al- 
most $800 on each rcsale-=-OPA notwithstanding. 

The statue of the world-famous Iwo Jima Hag-raising, erected in Times 
Square in connection with the Seventh War Loan drive and still there, is to 
he given a permanent home on the grounds of the St. Albans Naval 'hos- 
pital at St. Albans, .L.' I,' . . . . 

Put up by the- War Activities Committee of the picture industry, the 
statue will be presented to the hospital by C. C. Moskowit/..- chairman of 
the Metropolitan N, Y. WAG Arlkrafl Strauss Corp.. which originally 
erected the statue in Times Square, will move it to St. Albans.. 



Careless Charlie Einfeld— he forgets about bank balances in National 
City Bank. N. Y, His cx-WB colleague. Jake Wilk. eastern story editor, 
noticed him listed under unclaimed accounts and called it to his attention. 

Incidentally, Einfeld says he has so ma ny proposi t ions for ind ic produc- 
tion units, etc., that he just has to weigh their values and not rush into 
anything. . ' ,. : ■ . ; ■ : ;..'.'■' 

Business of snatching film titles from the front pages of daily newspa- 
pers is picking, up again. Pine-Thomas are rushing their "Tokyo Rose'' 
into release to cash in on the news from Japan. At 20th-Fo.\, "The House 
on 92ri Street" deals with the FBI in its efforts to shield the secrets of the' 
atomic bomb. Columbia is making '•Secret "Story," built on the activitic- 
of Jap suicide bombers, and "Gilda/' a tale of Nazi agents in the Argentine,' 



Many film executives, not now enthusiastic about television, look to 
tele as a means for bally ing .screen product once the new media is assured 
of more listeners than at present. Radio officials believe tele will follow 
much the same pattern as followed by picture companies with radio Which 
recently has been employed extensively in exploiting screen productions. 



Theatres. Corp., headed by Charles 
Skouras. president, and the heads of 
subsidiary companies, will attend 
the Silver Jubilee Dinner honoring 
Elmer C. Rhoden to be here on Oct. 
24. NT executives will remain for 
twq days during which they will 
hold the organization's fall meeting. 

Other out-of-town guests who 
have made reservations are Ben 
Kalmenson. Roy Haines, Hall Walsh. 
Spyros P. Skouras. Tom Connors, 
W, C, Gehring. Robert Mochrie. 
Walter Branson, Ray Nolan. J. 
O Donnell. A. H. Blank. G. Ralph 
Branton. Harry Warren. George 
Skouras. Steve BroidY J ._Lon_ Fidler. 
Ed Morey. Sol Francis. Harry 
Thomas. Reeves Espy, Max Roth. 
Jack Adams. Rudolph Berger. Bur- 
tus Bishop. Jr.. James R. Grainger, 
Irving Mack, Harry TayloV. '.-:" 

Exhibitors and others from the 
midwest trade areas also have made 
reservations. Total attendance is 
expected to reach 200. 



Forcing 15% Boost From RKO, Loews, 
N. Y. Ops Seek Same in Indie Houses 



'Yank in Tokyo* Hoopla 

Seattle, Oct. 9. 
For Northwest premiere of "First 
Yank in Tokyo" (RKO), Hamrick- 
Evergreen made a big event of it. 
Planing from HoHywood came Olan 
Carney. Bettejane Greer, Myrna Dell. 
Marc Cramer and Bill Williams for 
p.a.'s at the Music Hall. On Tuesdav 
the troupe visited the V. S. Naval 
hospital, made appearances at the 
Press club and on radio, to help plug 
for the pix. 



Instructions of Local 306. Moving 
Picture Machine Operators of N. Y. 
to its members working in Greater 
N. Y. Loew. RKO, Randforce and 
Skouras theatres not to run oft pic- 
tures starting Monday (8)" were can- 
celled Saturday (6) following com- 
promise proposals from RKO and 
Loews. 

An emergency meeting between 
306 and theatres Friday night (5) 
lasted until early • in the morning. 
At this session the theatres, formerly 
offering a 5?< increase to ops. agreed 
to raise it to 15% and generally 
retain the working conditions of the 
old contract which expired Sept. 1. 

In addition, under a two-year con- 
tract retroactive to that date, the 
theatre committee compromised on 
the highly controversial "request" 
clause. Whereas in the past the em- 
ployer had the right to pick an 
operator from the 306 rolls when a 
vacancy occured. under the new deal 
it will be a 50-50 proposition, with 
the theatre having the right to pick 



a man, the union the second, and 
so-on. *.-.•• 

Proposed new deal will be sub- 
mitted to a meeting of the member- 
ship for ratification following ses- 
sions with Randforce and Skouras 
seeking same contract. Local 306 
met with these indies yesterday 
(Tues.). 

Though the Randforce and Skouras 
circuits were not included in the pro- 
posals made by RKO and Loew's, the 
scheduled Monday boycott against 
them was withdrawn. 

Fox-W.C. Mgrs.' Org 

Hollywood, Oct. 9. 

Started by a group of Fox-West 
Coast managers, the Associa.ed The- 
atre Operating Managers. Inc.. has 
been formed with a view to organiz- 
ing theatre managers and assistants. 

Atom has already served notice on 
F-WC requesting, meeting at which 
negotiations on- salary and working 
conditions for members are ex- 
pected to be started. 



On lop of the October Forlun 
week's Lite has an illiiminaiiut 
British tycoon. . .. . 



mag vvrileup. on J. Arthur Rank, current 
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Wednesday, October 10, 1915 



State Street, Chicago, Saw 
Its Biggest Theatre Crowds 
In Over 20 Years With the 
World Premiere Opening Of 
"THE DOLLY SISTERS" 




We ore grateful to TWENTIETH CENTURY-FOX for making this 
splendid production available to Chicago for its world premiere. . . 
To their Publicity Department for their able support. ,. 4 



...To GEORGE JESSEL for his enthusiastic and tireless ef- 
forts to give Chicago the finest show we've had in years, 
both in the theatre and on State Street. His incomparable 
wit and general showmanship, his ardor, and his friendliness 
left a marked impression upon the hundreds of thousands who 
witnessed this record-breaking event. 



... To JUNE HAVER for her complete and unstinted coopera- 
tion, and to the other stars and starlets. Cesar Romero, Phil 
Silvers, Vivian Blaine, Mary Anderson and Faye Marlowe, for 
their wholehearted efforts on the stage of the theatre, in the 
State Street parade and in the outdoor show at State and 
Madison ltreets, to say nothing of the numerous radio pro- 
grams in which thty participated. 



Chicago will long remember this great occasion, and so will we. 

BALABAN & KATZ 
John Balaban 



Wednesday, October 10, 1945 



PICTURES 27 



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Scully's Scrapbook 



Continued froiiitpnEe 2 



All right? Imagine a week of one-man shows, each running two hours, as 
a curtain-raiser to a long season ahead of one-night stands at 75 and you 
pot something of the adaptability and indestructibility of this goateed 
showman from the Bicycle Age. 

Since his first lecture in '86 he has changed his act a lot, but he still 
prefers his own voice to any transcription of it. He still talks along with 
the views. Well,- not along with them exactly. He lias a timing trick 
that tops that. He talks a fraction ahead of the frame. ExplainineJhe 
says; ''Wiexcaspn I do this is because the moment the picture is-shown I 
mi»ht' just as well be a dummy. No voice can compete with a picture." 

And he has an excellent voice. His diction is certainly not Chicago, 
where, at the age of three, he was carried to view the second fire — his 
first travelog. His pronunciation of faraway places is as close to the way 
the natives say it as is possible lor a member of the Anglo-Saxophone 
race -to come. He shows a surprising amount of humor, too, and his audi- 
ences get many a laugh. ■ ' ■' ■ •'':•• . -,; 

He is not stodgy or. set in either his public or'private life. Almost "any- 
body over 50 lives in the past, but not Burton Holmes. Nothing daunts 
h'iin. Four years ago he fractured his leg but did weeks oiv the road in a 
wheelchair. Then on crutches, then a cane. Today his leg still bothers 
him. but he walks on-stage with no sign of a limp and stands at the right 
'of the screen at a mike. He has a chair handy iii case he should need it. 
. The Holmes Wheel 

In .1831, inspired by Hermann the Great, he started out to be a magi- 
cian, lie still performs like the trick of the week. In big towns Holmes 
does a lecture a week for five or six weeks, and people get the idea that 
he. has a nice layoff between each performance. Actually , he will book into 
Det roit on a Tuesday and after the lecture jump to Chi. There he will do 
an evening lecture pn Wednesday night. Thursday he runs up to Milwau- 
kee for a showing at the Pabst theatre and catches the midnight electric 
which gets him back at the Stevens at 3 a.m. Friday. That leaves him 
Vested for a Friday night Chicago lecture and the beginning of a Saturday 
.matinee series. • 

Back in the 70's the trotter's father, cashier of a bank, loaned George 
Pullman some dough to transform old day coaches into sleepers, and 
turned clown a halt interest in the business. In 50 years the banker's son 
has clone enough Pullman traveling alone to have kept the firm solvent. 

Well, Does It? 

In his clipped, precise speech Holmes insists he is a performer, not a 
lecturer or a teacher. "I have performed on more stages than platforms," 
he says, "and I broke into New York at Augustin Daly's theatre.". Claim- 
in" that he's no trail-blazer, Holmes nevertheless broke New York's ban 
on Sunday shows, moving his travelogs from the Lyceum to Carnegie Hall 
at a time when nice people were not supposed to go to -shows, not even 
led urcs. on Sunday nights. Everybody thinks that Holmes inherited John 
L. Stoddard's public, but Lothrop Stoddard, John L.'s son, says that Holmes 
from the beginning had his own technique. In fact each covered Oberam- 
mergau and Japan together and came out with entirely different program 
material. Stoddard wrote a lecture first and then had slides work them- 
selves between his talk. Holmes shot pictures first and then worked an 
informal talk around the pictures. , Stoddard was sure that pictures meant 
the end of lecturing: Holmes saw them as only the beginning. 

In time Holmes tried every medium to run himself out of business 
but without success. He made 52 travel reels a year for Paramount. He 
did this for six years. He did some more for Metro in French, English, 
Spanish and Italian. He also talked over the air nightly for NBC on the 
Century of Progress exposition in Chicago. Told he was foolish to lecture 
on the air for nothing, he explained that his show was more for the eye 
than the ear. 

{.■■"Km Hands Across the See 

Funny thing you notice about Holmes' travelogs is that the applause is 
very perfunctory at the end of a show. He explains, "People applaud 
because they want encores,. I have no encores. So they simply clap their 
hands once or twice and hurry out to. see if a policeman has given them 
a citation for parking. If not they are back the next week. That's the 
be. t kind of applause." 

The belief that if there's a place Burton Holmes hasn't seen that's where 
Miller is hiding, isn't well founded. He has traveled millions of miles but 
not everywhere. In fact he has consistently left the faraway places to 
others. For it is a Holmes credo to be ahead, but only a little ahead, of 
the typical- Cook's , tourist. His most popular shows have been Venice, 
Paris, the Mediterranean, Oberammergau. the Irish and English country- 
side. Russia and currently Mexico and Central America. His biggest flops 
have been Siam, India, Burma. Java. Ethiopia. Bali (billed as "The Last 
Paradise!''), the "Century of Progress Exposition" and "Down in Dixie." 

Has he any ambitions? Yes. one. He'd like to film hell on a non-flam 
fthn. He believes this would 'outdraw the Rose Bowl. "The Drunkard" 
or the coming trials in Nuremberg. 



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Young Men Go West 

Highlighting shift of radio's 
programming-productioiv capital 
from New York to the Coast is . 
this additional fact: National 
presidents of both Radio Direc- 
tors and Radio Writers Guilds 
will be Hollywoodites by end of 
monthf- 

William N. Robson, head of 
the director's union, tried to re- 
sign when he was moved to the 
Coast to direct the new CBS 
show "Request Performance," 
but a ; tlraf t-Robson move forced 
him to keep the job. The writers 
will elect a new prez Oct 30. 
but there is only one name on 
the list— Sam Moore, of Holly- 
wood. 



H' wood's Foothold 



— Continued from pn;t I — 

as Fred Allen, they're Coast-origi- 
nating; to the same degree, in fact, 
that Hollywood is the nerve center 
of pix production. ..That applies 
more so to this season than ever 
before. It's been a gradual opera- 
tional switch that was inevitable, of 
course, in view of the pix-radio 
tieup of the name personalities on 
the air. • 

Yet. from a production standpoint, 
the top agencies with the sock 'night- 
time programming fare still regard 
N. Y. as the base of production op- 
eration, along with the business ad- 
ministration. That's why the John 
Rebers. the Harry Ackcrmans, the 
Don Stauffcrs. etc.. have been forced 
to. set up a continuous shuttling 
process of N. Y. to L. A- (and in re- 
verse 1 that's reached a point where, 
in the .case of some, half their work- 
ing days are on rails. 

Strengthen Coast Offices 

•it's the reason, too, for the fever- 
ish activity currently under way to 
strengthen the Coast offices of the 
agencies. That's why Young & Ru- 
bicam has been romancing Tom 
Lewis to return to the agency. 

That's why J. Walter Thompson 
heaved a sigh of relief when it 
wrapped up its Coast operation re- 
cently and brought Cornwcll Jack- 
son into its fold to fill the shoes of 
the late Danny Danker, bestowing 
on him a veepee title as head of the 
Coast operation. 

It's the reason, too, for multiple 
maneuvering to line up top guys for 
the Hollywood scene. That goes, as 
well, for many of the package out- 
fits,, who are moving out here in in- 
creasing numbers and bolstering 
their Coast setups right on down the 
line. 

From here on it's considered by 
many that, production -wise, the 
agencies will have to think in seri- 
ous terms of headquartering in 
Hollywood and leaving the business 
operation' to New York; at least 
those agencies (Y&R, for example, 
now has 10 show;* originating from 
the Coast)., whose burden of activity 
is concentrated in Hollywood. 

Chief problem to contend .with, of 
course, in setting up Hollywood 
hrqs.. would be the clients them- 
selves, many of. whom would, no 
doubt, squawk. For your average 
top bank roller, oft air shows today 
likes to consider himself "one of 
the agency . family" and to putter 
around as a showman — frequently to 
the detriment of his air show. But 
the guy's in show business now, he 
feels, and he wants to be near the 
scene of the masterminding and 
where all the deals transpire. 

The fact remains, however, that 
sentiment is growing for separating 
the business administration— which 
can continue headquartered in New 
York— from the production end, and 
switching the latter to Hollywood. 



Training Films in Schoolrooms 



Continued from pase 5 



cause of this angle, can't beef that 
the filmakers, are cutting in on their 
racket, because the two industries 
dovetail. Sez the filmakers. 

Pix, which cover everything from 
"Molecular Theory, of Matter" 
through "The Alimentary Canal" to 
'Principles of Home Canning" and 
"Pygmies in Africa." are short so 
that they can be shown a couple of 
times during' the class room hour— 
once, say, at the beginning, and 
again at the end. Tills helps reten- 
tion, of course, and the writer can 
testify he learned move about "why 
is a steam engine" after 10 minutes 
of "Thermodynamics" than it was 
possible to learn in a textbookish 
physics course. Very interesting, 
too. • •- . ■ :{ ; . ■ / - 

Classroom Films 

Classroom Films tEBFI people 
like to call them that, rather than 
"educational," so that there'll be a 
differentiation between them and' 
the Fitzgerald-Hammond type) seem 
to be opposed to the other kinds 
(entertainment, documentary and 
commercial) in the following re- 
spects: 

First, there's absolutely iio edi- 
torial license permitted in the School 
type. If EBFI were called on to 
produce a. "History of the Baibary 
Coast," for instance— and they've 
turned out quite a few such histori- 
cal items, including 'Life^in Old 
Louisiana." 'Early Settlers of New 
England," etc.— the moppets would 
get the shock of their lives, because 
EBFI's version would no more re- 
semble 20th-Fox's than Gypsy Rose 
Lee's routine resembles Little 
Egypt's. In this case, EBFI's would 
probably be banned in every state 
in the union, inasmuch as it' would 
show the Coast life in the raw— as 
it really was. So they hope they 
never get such an order. 

One thing, in regard to this first 
point, that may scare . Hollywood 
away from the business is this in- 
tegrity of production. ' It ' takes 
EBFI two or three years to make 
such pix as the above mentioned— 



Berlin's 200G Net 



Continued from naee 1 



Isold 350,000 copies, and Berlin's "All 
I My Life." which went 400,000 "copies, 
l the ASCAP income, mechanicals, 
folios, etc., have giveh the song- 
smith a fancy profit. This doesn't 
include the prospective seasonal re- 
|,viyal again of "White Christmas." 
or the 'Blue Skies'' folios with al- 
most 30 songs, which are part of the 
I Paramount; pix score, 

"How Deep Is the Ocean" has been 
another revival getting the plugs and 
sales, and Berlin's newest. "Blue 
Serge Suit." has only sold 125.000 
copies to date. 



also "Planters of Colonial Virginia," 
"Kentucky Pioneers," etc. — because 
of all the research that goes into 
them. For "Virginia," for instance, 
they got the best historian on house 
construction of that period -avail- 
able besides delving deeper into 
such matters as food, clothing and 
habits of the times more than 
Hollywood would ever 'dream "of. do- 
ing. Result was authenticity of the 
highest sort. 

Secondly, school films differ from 
the others simply because of the 
specific need they fulfill. Commer- 
cials create a point of view or 
knowledge about a subject that rep- 
rcsertts-the'pt'imary interest of the 
sponsor; documentaries realistically 
interpret the events or cultures of 
the day in terms of developments of 
the past, for the purpose of stimu- 
lating thinking and planning in the 
future; entertainment films have as 
their objective emotional release 
and may contribute to broad cul- 
tural backgrounds, usually recogniz- 
ing no age or academic limits. 

Classroom films, however, while 
professionally produced, are de- 
signed — with authenticity — simply 
to be used by teachers as an integral 
part of the regular school cur- 
riculum and in the hope that they'll 
result in desirable learning. 



Ia.-Neb. Teachers For Pix 

Omaha, Oct. 9. 

Iowa-Nebraska school teachers, 
in convention here, backed the use 
of Yale Chronicles' educational films 
in a general okay for audio-visual 
education. Teachers saw demon- 
strations of film for classrooms and 
were sold solidly on the idea. 

Lieut. James Brown, director of 
the training aid section of Great 
Lakes Naval Station, declared that 
the students would learn more and 
remember more through film edu- 
cation methods. J. E. Dickinson, 
head of visual education in Chicago 
schools, predicted that " the "field of 
visual education is about to "break 
wide open." 



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RADIO 



Wednesday, October 10, 1915 



Labor Goes Into Radio in Big Way 
As ILGWU Files Four FM Blanks 



Washington .Oct; !». 
Organized labor, worried by:, its: 
failure to obtain time to tell, its 
■'*tbry over existing broadcasting sla- 
li nis, is apparently ready to take the 
itl-out. plunge into the' ether biz 
itself. '■■■';.•. v-- ;: V : .--' .-.;.:';-/' 

Latest indication of this came yes- 
Itrday 18) when the International 
Ladies Garment Workers Union filed 
til application with FCC, to set up 
•'.commercial FM stations in New 
York. Philadelphia, Boston, and 
Chattanooga, Tenn. This follows 
fairly closely on the application lor 
sfclions which have been tiled by 
the United Automobile Workers 
Union, . . 

On top Of that, it is an open secret 
th;.t the Amalgamated Clothing 
Workers.'- the Sidney Hillman union 
is also getting ready to apply for 
stations in New 'York, Chicago and 
probably other cities. And Wash- 
ington scuttlebutt has it that the 
A PL, and CIO, way apply tor sta- 
tions in their own names. From 
v.irious parts of the country have 
come informal; reports that various 
3:'i rgc locals and central labor uh ions 
•jr.if ";. some cities are giving serious 
'consideration to the question of 
starting and operating stations. '-.'.. 

How far this will go, nobody 
•mows, but FCC chairman Paul A. 
Porter has predicted that the next 
few years will see. from 2,000 to 3,- 
000 FM stations in the U. S. That 
i Continued on page 36 ) 



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Dime Pitch 

Lewis, Hackery chief 



George. 

of WHNf, >N. Y.J recommends 
that radio stations charge a dime 
to persons who want to sec a 
broadcast during 'the months of 
December and January. 

Idea is that, broadcasters, in 
turivhand the dimes over to the 
March of Dimes Parade for the 
National Foundation Against 
Infantile Paralysis. 



Gailmor Off WJZ 
Midst Much Talk 



Radio Talent Situash 
In Europe Reviewed By 
Judge Miller at REC 

By ABEL GRF.F.N 

Col. Ed Kirby, escorting officer of 
the American radio executives and 
tradeprcss reps on the recent Eu- 
ropean, junket, and Judge Justin 
Miller, new prexy of the National 
Assn. of Broadcasters, made the two- 
principal speeches last Thursday (4) 
at the Hotel Roosevelt, N.Y., at the 
N. Y. Radio Executives Club's in- 
augural luncheon-meeting for 1945- 
46. The junketing radioit.es were 
the honor guests of the occasion. 

A record turnout heard Col. 
Kirby. radio chief, Bureau of Pub- 
lic Relations, War Dept., stress the 
heed for America to occupy Ger- 
many 15, 20, or if needs be, 30 years, 
if we are to win the peace. 

Judge Miller reviewed the general 
(hidings. The Judge, making a bet- 
ter impression as a talker at the 
NT. Y. get-together than, apparently, 
was the case in Washington the 
Tuesday (2) before, at the NAB's 
inaugural dinner at the Hotel Slat- 
ler, was in his high spirited vein. 
Judge Miller and others Were faced 
with lighting a deadline, because of 
a radio broadcast schedule, hence 
i Continued oh page 32) 



N. Y. Herald Tribune Forum Airing 
1st of ABC Public Service Casualties 



ABC Coast, Chi 
Setups Stay On 

Hollywood, Oct. 9. 
Regardless of the drastic organiza- 
tional revamp at N.Y. hdqs. of ABC 
•Blue) network, so far as the Cen- 
tral Division (Chicago) and Coast 
operations are concerned, the status 
«nio will prevail. 

ABC execs have notified veepee 
Ed Borrolf, who heads up the Chi 
operations, and Don Searle, veepee 
in charge of the Coast setup, that 
there will be no changes so far as 
the Central and West Coast di- 
visions are concerned. Since an- 
nouncement of the bow-out of Ches- 
ter J. LaRoche and Hubbell Robin- 
son, Jr.. as exec vice-chairman and 
programming veepee, respectively, 
ilie Chi office had been' suffering a 
case of the jitters. 

As for the Coast there's been 
.■ speculation for months as to what 
will happen to the top operational 
berth, with LaRqche making a pitch 
for Col. Tom Lewis upon his exit 
f-qm the, Army. 

Lntter's return to civvies is im- 
minent, but he's not going to ABC. 
-Conjecture is that-he'll return to the 
Young & Rubicam fold to head up 
the Coast office. 



William S. Gailmor, WJZ, (N.Y.) 
commentator for :.:»'- year, against 
whom Westbrook Pogler has been 
gunning alt the time., is going off 
that ABC (Blue) flagship at the ex- 
piration of. his sponsor's 12-month 
contract. Nov. 30. 

Nobody would tie up the Gailmor 
WJZ-exit with Pegler's campaign 
which has attacked Gailmor's per- 
sonal life as well as political beliefs. 
Among other things, Peglcr had 
called both Gailmor and his spon- 
sors, Electronics Corp. of America, 
••Communists"." 

As far as the station and the net- 
work were concerned, it was all rou- 
tine. Execs maintained the contract 

was up, they needed the lime for Radio Artists over 
airing world news reports (as sus- free speech is beheved ready to be 
tamers, instead of as sponsored time) settled at tomorrow s (Thurs.) meet 
and- that was. that, ;' ing of 

As far as the sponsor was con- ! N. Y. - - ■'_• 

cerned. the firm issued a statement Agenda will include a report from 



Ad Lib Ad Finale 

Philadelphia, Oct. 9. 

Mrs. Peggy Harden Payne, 
"Mrs. America," was interviewed 
on Rhona Lloyd's show on 
WCAU last. week, and asked 
about her diet. "I have to be 
careful about my figure. ' drawl- 
ed the gal, "and I never eat ice 
cream." ; ; 

There was an embarrassed 
silence. Sponsor of Rhona 
Lloyd's program is Dolly Madi- 
son ice Cream. - 



AFRA Free Speech 
Stand to Be Aired 

X' long-time struggle within the 
ranks of American Federation of 
the question of 
cd ready to 
. (Thurs.) me 
AFRA's national board in 



that talked about expanding adver- 
tising "to other media." tried to in- 
dicate that anyway WJZ was not the 
best outlet for a commentator with 
such a large following as Gailmor, 
and declared that "satisfactory nego- 
tiations" were being concluded to air 
Gailmor over another N. Y. station. 
Latter, obviously, would be an indie. 

Trade feeling was that both the 
net and the sponsor were really get- 
ting out of a tight situation. Sponsor 
was said to have felt that, now wai- 
ts over, Gailmor's WJZ pitch was 
not worth the $60,000 yearly tab that 
it cost. ■ ' 



News-Trib Syndicate 
Mulls Settlement On 
lulling Air Rights 

Capf . Joseph M. Patterson cori- 
fe-ied with his attorneys Monday 
(8) to mull possibilities of making 
f. pro-trail settlement with radio 
script writer Arthur Henley. Latter, 
through Radio Writer's Guild at- 
torney. Sidney Fleisher, will bring 
suit ngfj.nst the N. Y. News-Chicago 
Tribune syndicate, . charging it with 
b'Ci.ch of agreement when it refused 
further options to Honlcy of the 
''Moon Mullins" i-comic stri«> char- 
acter) radio rights. Fleisher has 
promised prompt court action unless 
Siiti'fKctory ' settlement can be 
re'i!i:hcd within a week, 

Losal plan of action was blue- 
printed by Fleisher for Henley, fol- 
lowing disclosure in "Variety" that 
comedian Bert Lahr purchased a !)0- 
.••'tsay option on radio and screen 
lights to, "Moon." Patterson at- 
torneys.' Ttownjy, Updyke & Carter, 
"■t'ehyV that Lahr deal, has actually 
ir. tn closed, elailii it is still pending. 
However, Lahr told "Variety" that 
he paid £1.000 for the option and that 
r.is. check was cashed 48 hours later. 

Legal tangle possibilities were fo- 
teiintcd when News-Trib Syndicate's 
Arthur Crawford did sudden turn- 
about , and refused Henley further 
option.'- on "Moon" after promising 
"unlimited renewals inasmuch as no- 
. fcjriy has shown any interest in air- 
ing "Moon'' for almost 10. years." 



Sports Gabbers Pitch 
In for Victory Loan; 
NAB to Map Air Drive 

Washington, Oct. 9. 
Treasury has completed and ship- 
j ped ott to radio stations three new 
scries of transcriptions for the Vic- 
tory Loan. They are: "Sports Per- 
sonalities Speak"; "Industrial Lead- 
ers Speak"; a (id a set s of SOisecond 
announcements angled to rural au- 
diences. 

The sports gabbers include one- 
minute messages from, such figures 
as Bill Stern, Bill Corum, Harry 
Wismer. Rod Barber, Joe Louis, 
Benny Leonard, Dixie Walker, Leo 
Durochcr. Mcl Ott, Ford Friclj, Alice 
Marble, Tufty Lecvnans, Arthur God- 
frey and StiTnloy Woodward. 

Among the industrial execs arc 
Edgar Kobak, Mutual prexy; Emil 
Schiam, New York Stock Exchange 
president; Eddie Riekehbaeker, 
president of Eastern Air Lines; 
James S. Adams, president of Stan- 
dav Brand's; Nile's Trammel), NBC 
prexy; Benjamin Abrams, president 
of Emerson Radio and Phonograph 
Co.; Edward O'Neal, president of the 
American Farm Bureau Federation; 
Philip-Murray, CIO; William Green, 
AFL: Albert Goss, master of the Na- 
tional Grange; Eric Johnston, U. S, 
Chamber of Commerce and.MPPDA; 
and James G. Patlon, president of 
the National Farmers Union. 

The NAB program managers ex- 
ecutive committee, and program 
chairmen from the various NAB dis- 
tricts, huddle here Thursday (11) 
and Friday with Treasury officials 
on the drive. The radio people will 
be headed by Henry W. Sla'vick, of 
WMC, Memphis. They will be told 
what will be expected of them, and 
make suggestions of their own to 
promote the drive via the air. 



AFRA counsel on the validity of a 
resolution offered some time -ago to 
stifle political action on the part of 
certain AFRA members, with the 
legal report believed to hold the res- 
olution invalid as Impairing the 
-rights of members under AFRA's 
constitution. 

Battle has been waging a long 
while between leltwing and right- 
wing factions within AFRA, former 
claiming the privilege of putting 
AFRA on record on political matters, 
latter stating AFRA should be con- 
cerned only with Improvement of 
actors' working conditions. Resolu- 
tion in question had declared that 
all resolutions not dealing with 
wages, hours, etc. could not be pre- 
sented for action at AFRA meetings 
I unless 100 members signed such a 
petition. It also provided Uiat all 
| resolutions must be submitted to a 
committee two week.; before a meet- 
ing. Such a resolution, AFRA will 
| be told, is unconstitutional. 



Axes Sharp For 
Town Hall' Hour 



Clients are needling their agencies 
to see what can be done about the 
one-hour ABC (Blue) spot currently 
occupied by Reader's Digests "Town 
Hall Meeting of the Air," Thursdays 
(8:30-9:30 p.m.). 

Since Reader's Digest execs are 
dropping sponsorship of the show 
with the broadcast of Nov. 29, some 
bankrolled "want the ABC to put 
"Town Hall" in a much-later-eve- 
ning slot,. 

It is reported that ABC ii trying 
to interest other prospects to pick up 
the purse strings where Reader's 
Digest will have left off. But the net 
is tip against a consistently low rat- 
ing the program has had majority 
of the Hooperalings having shown 
"Town Hall" below the 5.0 groove. 

"Town Hall," in its first half-hour 
! competes with "FBI in Peace & War" 
I on CBS. which has an 8.9 rating; 
Dinah Shore on NBC with a 10.8. 
In the second 30 minutes, "Town 
I Hall" bucks up against "Music of 
| KostctarieW on CBS, which rates 
i 6.2:- NBC's "Kraft Music Hall." with 
13.5; and Gabriel Hcatter, on Mu- 
tual 1.9-9:15) with 9.4. 



Premieres 



Raleigh, N. C— Frederick H. Mer- 
rill lias joined the announcing staff 
of station WSTP at Salisbury. He 
goes to Salisbury rrom WBIG, 
(Greensboro, and WBBB, Burlington. 



(Oct. H-20) 
Oct. It 

'•Powder Box Theatre," 10:30- 
11 p.m. Thursdays, CBS: Bour- 
jois; Foote, Cone & Belding 
agency. 

Oct. 13 

Wootlv Herman. 8-8:30 p.m x 
Saturdays, ABC (Blue); Wild- 
root: BBD & O agency. 

Tommy Harmon, 7:45-8 p.m. 
Saturdays. MBS; Clipper Craft; 
Emil Mogul agency. 

Dick Haymes, 8-8:30 p.m. 
Saturdays, CBS; Electric Auto- 
Lite; Ruthrauff & Ryan agency. 
Oct. 14 

"Murder; Is My Hobby," 4-4:30 
p.m. . Sundays, MBS; Knox; 
Raymond Morgan agency. 

"Land Of the Lost," 3;30- 
4 p.m. Sundays, MBS; Sustain- 
. 'nft. 

Fulton Lewis, 6:45-7 p.m. Sun- 
days, MBS: Chimney Sweep;. 
Roche. Williams & Clcary 
agency.: 

Oct. 15 

Hal Winters, 4:30-4:45 |».m„ 
Mondays through Fridays, CBS; 
Sustaining. '■ v '...'■■"■"'•'.•:. ' : >•'..- 

Oct. 1G 

"His Honor the Barber." 7:30- 
8 p.m. Tuesdays, NBC: Ballan- 
tinc; J. Walter Thompson 
agency. 

Oct. 20 " 
Philadelphia Orchestra, 5-6 

p.m. Saturdays, CBS: Sustaining. 

"First Niehter," 7:30-8 p.m. 
Saturdays, CBS: Campana; 
Wallaee-Fcrry-Hanle-y. 

"Club Time," 10:15-10:30 a.m. 
Saturdays, ABC (Blue); Alu- 
minum Products; Trade Devel- 
opment agency. 



John W. Boler Shuffle 
Of Prez Jobs Affects 
Midwest Radio Outlets 

Chicago, Oct. 9.' 
John W. Boler has resigned as 
president of the North Central 
Broadcasting System but continue as 
chairman of the board, and the 
chain's majority stockholder, How- 
ard S. Johnson, v. p. of the KVOX 
Broadcasting Co.. Mooi bead, Minn., 
and V.p. of the Jamestown Broad- 
casting, Hi D„ takes over as presi- 
dent. 

Don Clayton, St. Paul, continues as 
v.p. and general manager; and Wil- 
liam J. Kutsch, former radio direc- 
tor of Swift and Co.. has been ap- 
pointed v.p. in charge of sales and 
research. 

Boler was recently elected presi- 
dent of the newly organized Inde- 
pendent Broadcasting Co. of Des 
Moines, which has an application on 
tile with the FCC for a 10.000-watt 
station, and also as president of the 
Middle West Broadcasting Co., Inc. 
St. Paul, which has tiled an applica- 
tion with the FCC for a 5,000-watter. 

In the realignment of his activi- 
ties. Boler has also resigned as presi- 
dent of KVOX, . but will retain his 
stock interest in the station. David 
C. Sherurd. current, KVOX treas- 
urer, was elected to succeed Boler 
as prez. . " . ' 



Anticipated overhaul of the ABC 
OStue) network's public service and 
sustaining programming structure 
following in the wake of the imier- 
sa actum revamp and the exit of 
Chester J, LaRoche and Hubbell 
Robinson, Jr., has already trans- 
planted itself into concrete action on 
the part of the new regime. 

First important casualty Under the 
realignment will be the New York 
Herald Tribune Forum, which won't 
be aired by the network this year. 
It's recalled that when ABC (then 
Blue) recaptured some of its choice 
nighttime slots last year to air the 
forum, bringing to the mike some of 
the outstanding inolders of public 
opinion, the web publicized it as one 
of the real distinct contributions of 
the year to public service program- 
niing and, in fact, won for itself con- 
siderable encomiums for; tying" in 
with the H-T forum. 

Chief factor in dropping the' broad- 
cast. this year is the cost, which last 
year bit into the network exchequer- 
to the extent of between $40,000 and 
$50,000. including cancellation of 
commercial programming. It's re- 
ported that web execs have now 
agreed that such expenditure would 
be unjustified, particularly in a year ', 
that saw an unprecedented cancella- 
tion of commercial shows during 
such periods of crisis as President 
Roosevelt's death and the V-E and 
V-J developments. 

ABC execs huddled with Mrs. 
Ogdeu Reid. owner of the Herald 
Tribune, and after kicking the mat- 
ter around, expressed "regrets" and 
bowed out. '. 

Meanwhile, there's considerable 
speculation as to what will lumpen 
to the ambitious program develop- 
ment plans that the LaRoclie-Robin- 
son regime was in process of . blue- 
printing at (he time Edward .1. Noble 
decided to change things. LaRoche 
wanted to^iut emphasis on new per- 
sonalities in bolstering the web's tal- 
ent structure, and shows being pi e- 
pared for potential sponsorship Were 
to have spotlighted such personali- 
ties, among others, as Lawrence Tib- 
belt. Mayor LaGuardia (ABC has 
been anxious to star him in a "Ln- 
Guardia's Gazette" scries which they 
believed would eventually bring top 
sponsorship coin), a revival of the 
I "Here's Morgan" show (for which a 
I top scripter had been lined tip >: ' a 
"Dr. Kildare" series, etc. Most of 
these tire now expected to go by the 
boards. 



CBS Splurges For 
200G on One Show 



Morgan's 'Request' Pitch 
Surprise to JWT Agcy. 

Hollywood, Oct. 9. 

J. Walter Thompson office here 
did- some eyebrow, lifting when it 
was announced Sunday night (7) 
that Frank Morgan would appear oh 
next Sunday's (14) "Request Per- 
formance" for Campbell's Soup. ; 

JWT signed Morgan for a "Kraft 
Music Hall" scries pending the deci- 
sion on whether Bing Crosby would 
return to the Thursday night NBC 
spot. While the agency doe.? not have 
ah exclusive on Morgan's services, it 
was the first that JWT had heard 
about the Campbell Soup deal, via 
the Ward Wheelock office. 

Thompson execs take the position 
that "at least we might have been 
told." 



Hollywood, Oct. 9. 
CBS may still salvage for fall- 
winter network presentation one of 
the variety of Coast-originating pix- 
persoiiiility summer hiatus-time sus- 
tainers. It's the Pat O'Brien sea 
| story series which occupied one of 
j the half-hour Monday night s«'g- 
j merits while "Lux Radio Theatre" 
was off the air. Series built up a 
I fairly respectable rating, with gen- 
eral impression in pi.x-radio circles 
that it was the only one among the 
CBS-built summer shows that, offers 
potentialities, for continued night- 
time programming. Web program- 
ming dept. is currently mulling 
resurrection of show, tabbed "Tire 
I Sea Has a Story." .<■:' . , 
I On the whole, however, the -net- 
work's $200,000 summer expci iinon- 
tation with pix personalities wound 
up as pretty much of a fiasco, it's 
fell,. with the Hugh Herbert ".That's 
My Pop" series, the Mary. As: or 
"Merry Life Mary Christmas" show, 
among others, scramming out of the 
picture withou* stirring any kilo- 
cycle flurries. 



SHERDEMAN PICKED AS 
HOUNER'S AIDE AT UM 

Hollywood, Oct. 9. 
, Mann Holiricr, radio boss of the 
Leunen & Mitchell agency, has 
picked a former Army crony as his 
assistant. He's Ted ■ Sherdemau. 
fresh out of his lieutenant colonelcy 
j duds, who served 37 months with 
Army units, the last two years *s 
radio officer for General Mac-Arthur.. 

Before donning khaki. Sherdemau 
produced "Silver Theatre" for.. Young 
&. Rubicam. and tor years was one 
of Hollywood's top writer-producers. 



Wednesday, October 10, 1945 



RADIO 



29 



CBS' PERSONALI TY BUILDUP 

• : ■ 4- ■ - ♦ ' ; — : i — • — ; : i 

General Foods Develops Promising 
Talent Via New Farm-Out' Basis 
Grooming Starlets a La Film Biz 



Radios Strike Pot Simmers, Boding 
Big Blowoff by Petrillos Union 



There was an ominous quiet last* 
week, alobg radio's potential strike 
front, but James C. Petrillo, pre/, of 
the American Federation of Musi- 
cian?, still held the strings, and he 
was not sayfrig; how he would pull 
them. 

On Sunday (7), as expected, Pe- 
trillo pulled the musicians on one 
CBS show. 1'orcliJg a dramat substi- 
tute on Prudential's "Family Hour", 
by ordering out the music. Osten- 
sible reason was same as in NBC- 
needljiJg. tactics used by Petrillo 
week before, being laid to failure of 
Chattanooga outlets ot both nets to 
pact with the AFM locally. 

Meanwhile. International Alliance 
of Theatrical and Stage Employees 
announced it had Organized tele- 
vision people at Du Mont. Interna- 
tional Brotherhood of Electrical 
Workers was still huddling with 
CBS over engineers, and National 
Assn. of Broadcast Engineers and 
Technicians iNABET) was licking 
its chops over, a good contract with 
ABC and NBC, and Saying notion;;, 
The nets were also mending their 
'fences with their directors by ac- 
cepting N. Y. State Board of Media- 
tion conciliation of the strike-threat- 
ened tiff with the Radio Directors 
Guild. 

In latter situation, a Guild com- 
mittee headed by veepee Tony 
Leader. Bob Shayon and Ed By ion 
was busy all day yesterday (TuoS.V 
huddling separately with reps of 
each net. Significant was the fact 
that, after the N. Y. State board's 
mediation offer of last week, the nets 
virtually fell over each other to 
show willingness to talk turkey with 
the directors. .. 

There was no doubt in anyone's 
mind that sweetness and light shown 
toward directors and IBEW was all 
tied up with the threat of Petrillo 
trouble. For Petrillo has his eyes 
all over the lot— on IATSE's moves. 
. on NABET's since that involves 
platter-turners, and on IBEW's. 

Everyone felt that Petrillo would 
ill some way move against the ABC 



Nets' Reps to Make 

Trip on 'Globester' 

Airmen are taking to the air Oct. 
19. when reps of all four major nets 
join the Army's' new '"Globesler" 
trip round-the-world. Trip will 
take three weeks, , . 

In addition to the web represen- 
tatives, the Army-will carry corres- 
pondents from the three principal 
news-wire services. Associated Press, 
United Press and International News 
Service. 





V.Hollywood, Oct, 9. 
Having already blueprinted plans 
for a weekly half-hour show which 
will serve as a tryout spot /or de- 
velopment of new talent, the CBS 
programming dept. is now under- 
taking a new venture aimed at cor- 
ralling into the web fold new faces 
and new voices for showcasing via 
their own shows. Network feels 
that there are currently a number 
of unheralded performers in radio 
and elsewhere who are the poten 



'We, People,' Pacted 

For Another 13 Wks. 

Rumors that "We, the People" was 
about to fold have been running 
thick and fast but were scotched 
this week (Mon.) with the pacting 
of the show for another 13 weeks. .. 

Young & Rubicam agency inked 



G. W. Hill Pacts 
Peggy Mann, Joan 
Edwards Stays On 



the stanza for Gulf Oil, the new 
tial headliners of tomorrow but are I series starting Nov. 4. 

j relegated to near-oblivion, with fill- ,* - ' — '■ — "—. 

in spots or as "added starters" on I 
! shows that -'aren't taking full ad- 1 
■ vantage of their talents. 

CBS points to Danny O'Neil as the 
I latest 'illustration of the commercial 
j potentialities of talented singers and 
j other performers who, given proper 
| spotlighting and the benefits of the 
\ programming dcpt.'s know-how. can 
I bridge the gap between sustaining 
; and 



top-coin sponsored radio. 
Peggy Mann, former vocalist with Brought in' to N.Y. from Chicago 
Teddy Powell, Gene Krupa and other j and spotted nelwise with his own 
dance bands, but lately doing a ' I'W-minute show, O'Neil came into 
single, has been signed by George I . — — '„ — _ — . _ 



All Are Weary 
Of Cute Plugs- 
But What to Do? 



Washington^ Hill, president of the 
American Tobacco Co.. to one of the 
most unique contracts in radio. It is 
effective this week. '•',:' 

Hill took a liking to Miss Mann's 
singing during a two-week period 
she subsituted for Joan Edwards on 
the "Hit Parade" last summer. Not 
having any immediate use for her. 
Mill signed the singer to a contract 
that gives him the right to call for 
her at any lime during the next 
year. . . 

Meanwhile, she gets a weekly re- 
tainer from American Tobacco, and 
must constantly familiarize herself 
with tunes riding the "Hit Parade." 
This is in the event she is called 
upOn suddenly to replace Miss Ed- 
wards. However, her contract does 
hot stipulate work on the "Hit Pa- 
rade" at any .future time. She may 
be used on any current American 



Refutation 



CBS says '(ain't so to claims" 
that networks — and it, speeifie- 
•ally — are doing nothing to en- 
courage new talent and .pro- 
gramming. • •'•' 

Pocket presentation -of pro- 
gram availabilities currently be- 
ing nourished by CBS salesmen 
has as its theme "Variety's" re- 
cent wecl;-to-week campaigning 
aimed at hypoing agency-net- 
• work activity toward new tal- 
ent-programming development, 
with Eddie Cantor and Fred 
Allen conlribs. along with other 
editorial context reprinted in 
the sales pocketpiece" to wrap 
up CBS' refutation that, noth- 
ing's being done about it. 



next. That move, too, would be in ; Tobacco show, or a new one 



the form of needling. But out of 
all the needling, it was feared, a 
major labor crisis would shape up, 
involving not only those unions 
mentioned above, but also possibly 
the' American Federation of Radio 
Artists -since latter, as an AFL out- 
fit, couldn't very well, or proiitably, 
oppose any Petrillo strike move. 



Leader in Chi 
For RDG Pitch 



Another angle of the unusual 
agreement is that Miss Mann is free 
to work with another sponsor, pro- 
viding her employer Is not a cigaret 
manufacturer or a lax-alive maker. 
Hill dislikes artist tieups with the 
latter. 

Miss Mann's contract doe.; not dis- 
turb Miss Edwards. Latter is, said 
to have been re-signed by Mill last 
week to a contract .which, with the 
usual options, runs until 194IS. At the 
same time, she drew a substantia) 
salary boost. 



- Chicago. Oct. 9. 
Thirty of . the 54 radio producers, 
including network, station, ad agency 
..and. freelancers, met here Sunday 
night '7) for preliminary discus- 
sion., with Tony Leader, \\p. of the 
Radio Directors Guild, toward the 
formation of a local chapter. Few 
of Oil's top producers were present, 
with general feeling being a wait- 
and-see altitude based on the. put- I show, with Hie Sepia 'vocalist's job on 



THELMA CARPENTER IN 
FOR GOOD WITH CANTOR 

Hollywood. Oct. 9. 
Tholma Carpenter, originally patt- 
ed lor three guest shots on. the Eddie 
Cantor Wednesday night show, gels 
a ticket as permanent successor to 
Nora Martin, so pleased are (lie 
cahicciian. Young & Rubicam agency, 
and -Bris.tol-M.vcVs. sponsors Of 'the 



his own recently when lie was 
pacted as co-headliner with Evelyn 
Knight for the new Bourjois show. 
(The ABC iBlue) network last sea- 
son put similar faith and coin in 
nursing along Andy Russell as a 
coast-to-coast sustainer until he was 
grabbed" ttp by Lever Bros, lor the 
JuaP Davis Swan Soap show.) 

When O'Neil steps into the Bour- 
jois program on Oct. 14. CBS will 
showcase a new singer in the spot. 
He's Hal Winters, a virtual new- 
coiner, to the radio scene, but the 
CBS programming boy's arc con- 
\inced that his wide voice ran 
'.will .eventually make 



Hollywood, Oct, 9. - ' 

To bear the boys here tell it, they 
really started something when com- 
mercial shows went all-out on 'cute- 
ness' and made a production out of 
those integrated commercials.' 

What, a couple of seasons back, 
generally passed off as a bit of 
clever technique to put over a prod- 
uct, has now degenerated, it's felt, 
into something that's boomeranged 
arid slapping the sponsor and his 
product smack in the kisser. 

Some arc even wondering bow 
much longer the sponsors themselves 
will tolerate it; the way some of the 
boys are treating those integrated 
commercials as part of the comedy 
script routine—and like everything 
else in radio that clicks they're now 
all over the lot — is seen as snow- 
balling into a situation where not 
only the commercial is cheapent«l 
but the coinedy show itself suffers. 

Some agency execs are crying for 
a return to the days when commer- 
cials were treated straight — and 
with dignity. Among these is the 
agency that lays claim to "starting it 
all— and are we sorry!" 



Radio's News Job Too 
Important to Slide 
Back, Observes Clarke 



Commending the American broad- j 
casters for .the role they played in i 
the handling of newscasts during 
the war. Herbert Clarke, ABC 
udiences j (Blue) European correspondent, now. ! year "for the" Fa'iinie" BHce Sunday' 



Hollywood, Oct. 9. 
What is perhaps the first time on 
record of a top-spending sponsor of 
air- shows grooming its own stable 
of potential star material in 'prepa- 
ration for the day when it can throw 
on the postwar market its new prod- 
ucts, thus requiring an expansion of 
its network programming, is the cur- 
rent . show-biz-jockeying-into-posi- 
tjon by General Foods. 

It's an idea that's entirely new, ro 
far as radio bankrollers are con- 
cerned — an application of the film 
studio technique of grooming star- 
lets, and an idea that even the net- . 
works and agencies themselves have 
allowed to go by the boards until 
only very recently. .. 

But General Foods, through Ben- 
ton & Bowles agency, which handles 
i a large part of the GF biz, appar- 
| cnlly doesn't want to be caught 
i short when the time arrives for an 
■ expansion of its radio billings. 

Idea of the sponsor, it's reported, 



Farmed to Big League 

Another instance of radio 
grooming talent for stardom, is 
Perry Como, whose b.o. stature 
has shot skyward the past few 
months as a result of his work 
on the Chesterfield program and 
two RCA-Victor recordings. 

Como is under contract to 
CBS. In the past, this net has 
refused to allow any similar con-' 
tractees to work for a rival net- 
work. Theory under which CBS 
was prevailed upon to temporar- 
ily release Como for work on the 
Chesterfield show, which rides 
NBC, was that his appearance on 
the commercial might boost his 
value to CBS. ' ' - ,-. '- 



j is to line up promising radio "ma- 
terial, and put it under contract, 
meanwhile developing the talent via 
a "farming Out" process of guesting 
on shows. Those familiar with the 
plan regard it as one of the most 
far-reaching steps yet taken -toward 
development of hew talent. 

Danny Thomas, with his own half- 
hour package, is said to be all lined 
up at the post, only awaiting the 
signal for the.GF programming ex- 
pansion plan. And the" arrival of 
Walter Cl'aig, the Benton & Bowles 
radio director, on the Coast over 
the past week-end is also reported 
cued to the GF talent development 
plan. - 

Thomas was under contract last 



conscious of the 4:30-4:45 eross-the- j visiting the New York office, is per- 



come of . the. Guild's New York dis- 
cussions and negotiations. 

It's a known fact that producers 
and directors here are notoriously 
underpaid, by New York and Coast 
standards, but so far have been go- 
ing along in a passive manner until 
something definite can be done about 

it. :.,'.:■ 

When local organization gets un- 
derway, they'll be in there pitching 
lor more nioola. Next: meeting has 
been skidded to' take place within 
the next 10 days. With some definite 
fiction, expected to be taken then. 

Geiger Looks at Legit 

■• Hollywood. Oct. 9. 

Milton Geiger has left for Now 
York to wrap up plans lor a Broad- 
way pu, y | lc j s writing. Geiger an- 
nounced the possibility that the play 
would fist be published as a novel. 

Geiger. whose last air assignment 
.Was for the former Philip Morris- 
sponsored Ginny Simms night radio 
show, also has some radio plans in 
the lire. 



her first two times up. 

Meanwhile. .Cantor's been the sub- 
ject of considerable favorable com- 
ment, within the trade for his inking 
of. the colored, gal for a toast-in- 
eoasl show, in view of the sensitivi- 
ties ibvolvedand reactions from va- 
rious' sectional elements, which -re.- 
poriedy has. been manifest in reper- 
cussions from, one southern newspa- 
per which squawked over mat mate- 
rial; *ont out, although the copy it; 
self skirls bad taste by -appropriate- 
ly eliminating any reference to ■' hej- 
color. . .. ■ ; 

■ As, Cantor put It: "The gal. can 
siffg;* she's' got a future, she's an 
asset (o our show: what, else mai- 
ler.-:" •'.:.' : . 



turbed about (he trade's reaction 
' to the recent announcement . in 
."Variety" that newscasters' ratings 
\ had dropped. '."Variety" ran two 
! stories: one that announced the drop 
in ratings, of newscasts;; the. other 
1 disclosed the concern of advertisers 
! and agencies whose programs fol- 
low newscasts. Their concern is 
predicated on the fact that low-rat- 
i ing newscasts prevent non-news 
j programs from building an audi- 
ence, > ■' '- .-■'•'■ 
|. "Radio grew up to iis ■ respou/o- 
il.jititics during the second World 
j War." Clarke opines, "and the. 
medium cannot afford to shelve 
I those responsibilities at this time 
i when grave international issues are 
; being projected." 

' Should advertisers, however, take 
, the easy way out; i.e.," refrain spon- 
sorship of newscasts, it will be the 
webs' duly to sustain these' pro- 
grams as a service to the public. 
Clarke asserted. With the "ono- 
| wot Id" dream still a dream, radio 
can play an important role in seeing 
I crystalized, he " pointed out. adding 
! that the medium makes people real- 
izo the tin necessity for boundaries, 
j which arc going by the board any- 

j A new radio, packaging outfit has'' " Clarke .participated in the D-Day 
; been formed by James Stevenson, Endings, the fall of Paris.' ibe cn- 
I formerly radio director ot Gale As- ! tirnctj into Belgium and the signing 
sociau.s. and George Silvers, pro- ' „ r the Peace.. He is now awaiting 
grain creator and producer. his assignment, which may either 



board afternoon segment, where 
he'll be featured. 

Similarly. CBS tool; Pally Clayton, 
another singer, out of the Arthur 
Godfrey morning show and spoiled 
her in a. Thursday .night slot. The 
network is also pinning its hopes on 
Shirley Rc'id. a ventriloquist, and 
her "Bedelia" , dummy., who was put 
under contract by Douglas Coulter. 
CBS programming veepee, after a 
single audition. Although her voice 
is familiar around the- Walt Disney 
studios, for her multiple dubbing 
chores, and has also appeared oil 
NBC programs, this , will mark her 
first real radio build-up! She had. 
a i'ryoii; ..-spot, on the CBS "Sjnga- 
logue" program s 'week ago (3.1, add | 
her own show is in the process of \ 
being charled , | 

Chief credit . for the new talent- ; 
personality buildup goes primarily. j 
to Larry Puck. CBS talent sc:>uf j 
who's been put in charge of master- i 
minding, the operation. 



night General Foods airer, in which 
be did a seven-to-eigbl-minute 
"dream sequence" insert which will 
be incorporated into his new show. 
Meanwhile, he's playing out some 
night club engagements. 



STEVENSON, SILVERS 
FORM PACKAGE UNIT 



Lend-Lease Bally 
The Style Now 

Hollywood, Oct, 9. 
! The season, for "'plug your neigh- 
bor" is officially in lull swing, only 
. this se.'.son it's more pronounced 
'[ than ever before. 

: - Sti'.t's on the nighttime program- 
i mfng round-robin are this season 
1 giving the . networks a terrific as- 
1 sist toward inviting a "stay tuned" 
technique in an effort to discourage 
• the listener from switching over to 
, an opposition web., 
j Actually, they're shooting the 
j works this year, with an almost con- 
It imious. continuity insert plugging 
not only back-to-back shows ' but 
others scattered over the same web. 
It's not only a routine for tlie an- 
i notincers,- btit *be Headliners them- 
i'selvcs are pitching In. 
j . It's evidence that the networks to- 
day are perhaps more conscious than 
jever before that a factor sharing 



Johnstone Divorced j 

Reno. Oct. 9. 
G. W. i.Iohnnv ( Johnstone got his', 

final divorce decree here last week. | . New outfit is called James Steven- ; take him back lo the European 7*«tial' importance with the quality of 
He formerly was head of the ABC ' son Radio Produc'.ions. Silvers was < scene, or station him in South Amt-r- : a .-how in. altracting or failing to 
' nt. work news and .special events do- '; formerly producer-director and '-lea. This, is his first trip back in 1 attract audience pull is "what show 
| partment ut. lilt Blue web in N. Y. i story ed for AP's. radio division. i over live years. » is '" opposition." 



30 



RADIO REVIEWS 



Wednesday, October 10. 19 1; 



FRED ALLEN SHOW 
•With Portland Holla. Minerva Pious. 
Parker I eimelly. Irving Kaufman 
DeMarco Sis (3), Al Goodman * 
orch; Ken Delmar, announcer 
Writer: Fred Allen 
Producers-Directors: Irving 

field, Bill Harding 
SO 'Mi»«; Sun., «:?.« P™. 
STANDARD BRANDS 
K PI-NBC, I'. A. 

( J. Walter Tliompsoii 



Man»- 



The top-publici/ed, attention-"! ah 
, g radio premiere of the year- tm . 
Jed All", show-was unwrapped I mad 
Sunday night MM with 
erf CBS star now J ccUpying «W W 
v Rf oAnmcnt. Actually. Allen lus 
taken up where he left off a coup s 
of seasons back, with prac ica ly the 
f„,mai including a reprise. of 



'REQUEST PERFORMANCE" 
With Ronald Caiman, Frances Lang- 
ford, Arthur Treacher, Marlin 
Hunt, Charlie Cantor, Bca Benar- 
darel, Mel Blanc; Leith Stevens 
arch; Del Sharbutt, announcer 
Producer: Masquers Club 
Director: William N. Robson 
::n Mins.; Sun.. » p.m. 
CAMPBELL SOUPS 
WABC-CBS, N. Y. 

(Ward Wheelotiki 
CBS save its Sunday night a 
inightv hypo, and Campbell Soups 
" aiv,;. show— was unwrappeit | made "a wine exchange in .dropping 
Fred Allen snow t ,,„ „ V _ T „ V .,_ K;uiio Readers Digest in favor of 

•Request Performance" If opener 
(7) wasn't all that it might have 
been, il was good enough to promise 
succulent listening for the future. 

Format is a natural to give pro- 
ducers opportunity to wonder all 
over the entertainment map in search 
for the best. Customers write in and 
sav what they want to hear and. fur- 
thermore, what kind of act— in or 
out pf character — they would like 
wellknown entertainers to put on. 
For instance, somebody wanted Ar- 
thur Treacher to quit butling and 
. be the butlee. instead for a change. 
For months there had been J™"; j Well. Treacher obliged, being both, 
about the new $20,001) Standii d | a(1<| more . on the same show. 
Brands package, headed up . .by t' >< .[ Trt . at . hcr . is picked Olily as illus- 
,guv who copped the Feaooay _<*«« i ration of the gimmick. Finest work 
(even during a season when ii- \\.'s, v;is clon(> . jn that order, by Leith 
off the air) as the ^ :,B «^'j';:'l.ste\-cn8 circh'arid singers, toy Frances 
Superimpose that against an *u£oui j u-uigtord. and by Ronald Colman. 
promotion job, with a P re -" c> $ a '"f : Laffov started off with a too-broad 
of Alien-Charlie McCarthy a Uiu- ... uvske( |.-- but quickly retrieved his 
fo'"_-aiid it was bound to cnJH •< M e , md W0U1K | up the program 
audience anticipation ol sligiwy , with beautifully phrased, finely -bal- 
atomic proportions. - lanced Biblical quotations that pro- 

"" chteed sock drama, ■ ■ • 

But it was Miss Langford; the orch 



.same format, including a^repiM 
of the "Aliens Alley >«*gft>L^i 
is now tabbed the rcndei le.it 
Workshop Flayers." 

If the opening show added up to a 
letdown, its because Allen found 
himself in a spot ** el *M£™J° 
extricate himself from Wbal-,A\. s 
nrobablv one of the most super-trail- 
eri/.ed shows on record 



What materialized, actual y. » a- •• 
program of the typical Allen P-i ;| 
ter.V lts first 10 minutes crammed 
, sock material, but leaving an 



overall impression that there have 
been" better — and worse — All., n 
Ss before. The one dUlerence 
here is that the rating potential to. 
the show is far greater under .the 
new Standard Brands banner, foi . 
i«n't likely that it can miss out in 
view of the Jack Benny -Bergen- 
McCarthy bracketing.^ 

Which also brings up an interest- 
ing sidelight on the future develop- 
ment of a "stay tuned" technique in 
which a network can reap the bene- 
fit oi cross-jibes involving a mul- 
tiplicitv of web shows bracketed in 
the same evening. 

Allen's opening show, as did Beu- 
nVs last week, tipped off. a renewal 
of their "feud." but previously the... 
were on opposition nets. Now they .. 
together, same net. same night, and 

sandwiched I n ' *^^"^ n s l^ a ^ I didirt succeed in "killing this one is 
to-back with A 'l en — ^„> t Vf ^, pavthv' ' proof of how good the New Orleans 
Brands-Bergen show, with McCai n> v d t ^ e Colman pontificals 



and the unidentified bit singers who 
did the masterful job. portraying, the 
flavor, sound, spirit and feel of old 
New Orleans in answer to »equest 
of a lady who said she'd never bren 
there. The combo gave her New Or- 
leans, and it was done with sensitive 
feeling, with beautiful singing, deli- 
cately-balanced sound (for which cli 
rector William N. Robson and the 
unidentified engineer get top billing > 
Miss Langford's languorous singing 
approached the masterful. This wa 
the program's top production num- 
ber, and il was tbe number that 
showed how good this stanza will be 
when it really hits its stride. 

That comedy number was muddy 
in both scripting and production. It 
brought together a lot of characters 
from various shows, ranging from 
"Boulah" to "Duffy's Tavern's" Fin- 
negan— and. put all together, they 
would kill any show. That they 



Cantor'f 'Debut' 

Arch Oboler reprised his 1941 
prize-winning "Mr. Miller" play 
as his next-to-closing on the cur- 
rent Mutual series of 26, with 
the event having more than or- 
dinarv significance since it 
marked . the "debut" of Eddie 
Cantor., after more than two 
score years in show business, as 
a . dramatic actor. .Cantor gave 
with the Muni— and Cantor won. 

Oboler's finely-executed saga 
of Sam Miller of Brooklyn, 
wrapped up for the most part in 
monolog form, is a tough assign- 
ment for any actor to handle. It 
can either be hammed up or 
treated with the proper emo- 
tional balance (Benny Rubin did 
it four vears ago and won critical 
kudos for his performance). And 
it's to Cantor's credit that all the 
sensitive undertones, all the deli- 
cate nuances of the guy 
("Sammy's a dope" > who aspired 
to be a prize fight manager and 
wound up with a conscience that 
got stuck behind the eight-ball, 
were captured by the comedian 
in his initial . attempt at dra- 
matics. Far from hamming it. 
Cantor gave the whole thing a 
beauly that not only did credit 
to Oboler's play but to his own 
inherent qualities as a performer. 

Rose. 



JACK BENNY SHOW 

With Jack Benny, Mary Livingstone. 
Rochester (Eddie Andenon), Larry 
Steven*. Phil Harris and orch; an- 
nouncer Don Wilson 

Writer*: Jack Benny, John Packa- 
herrv. Milton .losefsbeig, Oeorjre 
Balx'er, Sam Perrin 

Producer: Robert Ballin I 

Director: ? ? 

Si Mins.; Sun.', 7 p.m. 

AMERICAN TOBACCO CO. 

KKI-NBC. L. A. 

(Riulu-miff * RyaiO 
Jack Benny, lead-off : guy in the 



"RADIO HALL OF FAME" 

WiMi Paul Whiteman and His Orch 

Martha TIHon, Burgess Meredith' 

Chorus, Glen Rices 
Producer-Director: Ed' Saulpaugh 
Writers: Charles Speer and Louis 

Quinn 
50 Mins.; Sun., S p.m. 
FH1LCO 
WJZ-ABC, N. Y. 

(HiUcliiiis) 

For its third season since it went 
on the air for Philco. "Radio Hall t>[ 
Fame" has assumed a radical deparl- 



Sunday night NBC dream parlay , lire from its original premise though 



reallv were. 
Mel Sharbutt did well by the bank- 
making Campbell soups seem 
heln ol 
(ire. 



now getting tossed around in the by 
play The success with which tn 

S^^.t^**^Tp1i-i«»Mer, making Campbell soups 
ern To'mS audiences. to "keep ^ 
tuned ' throughout an evening. Beulalv Umaicl the cjosc. y 

• The Alien iutro, with Portland 
Holfa in. bringing himself up to dare 
on radio trends, with its segue into 
Benny, was boff material, as was. 
for the most part, the visit to A- 
lcn'-: Allev" with its Senator Clag- 
horn Titu« Moody t "Moody by name 
and moody by nature") Mmeyva 
Pious (Mrs. Nussbauni.t and. for the 
Alley windup, a songwriter team to 
chant the problem on hand, in place 
of Alan P.ecd (Falstatf Openshawt. 
Latter, along' with Charlie Cantor are 
missing from the Allen lineup, both 
currently appearing on the DuW> 
Tavern" show from the Coast. Its 
the absence of Falstaff sequence, 
particularly, that gave the Alley, rou- 
tine its letdown on the opener, 
though nartially compensated 



Minerva Pious' stock contrib. 
•* The Bergen-McCarthy guest shot 
on the Allen opener was a natural 
of course, even though the material 
was something less than iiisoinng 
with Allen having trailenzed his 
own show by guesting with Bergen 
the previous week. Show also spots 
the DcMarco Sisters, singing trio, 
along with Al Goodman's orch. 
which was relegated t;> a back- 
ground music position on the preem. 
though rating 1 spotlighting on its 
own. 

Onlv a middle and closing com- 
mercial on the opening show, terse 
copy on the first treating with Te.'i- 
dericaf Tea and the "fiavoi-mitvi- 
tion'-economy." Virtues of Blue-Bon- 
nett margarine expounded oh tha 
closer. Ken Dehnar. who tags him- 
self "Kenny" on the show, docs the 
u.-uallv effective job on the spiels: . 

Rose. 



ANDREWS SISTERS SHOW 
With Maxene, Patty, LaVerne An- 
drews; Curt Massey; Jane Froman; 
Andre Baruch; Vic Schben and or- 
chestra 
Writer: Bob Smith 
Producer-Director: Herb Polesie 
:;•) Mills.; Wed., 1»:::« p.m. 
N ASH-KELVIN ATOR CORP. 
WABC-CBS. N. Y. 

(G&yef -CowieU-Neuieli ) 
First nice thing to say about An- 
drews Sisters Show is that it is just 
that — the Andrews Sisters— and a 
show. No long-winded intros. no or- 
chestral preludes, not even an open- 
ing commercial, but — zip! — the gals 
themselves, right smack at you with 
one tune, and then throwing them 
ol)'.. number after number, at stac- 
cato rate, with only a couple of guest, 
shots and mid-commercials for res- 
I pile. 

. Not. too much small talk between 
numbers, nary weak chatter or feeble, 
gags to horse up the program, but 
tunes, good rhythm tunes, dattceable 
tunes, happily sung and snappily 
played. Which is what the customers 
expected. The sisters go to it with 
vim. enthusiasm and the case of long 
experience and ensemble work. and. 
brother, t'v program sparkles. 

Format of the new show which 
preemed over CBS Wednesday <3.t 
bay the sisters, and- baritone Curl 
Massey. for standby's, with a guestev 
each week, latter to receive a bronze 
"green room" award for some dis- 
tinguished service. Guest Wednes- 
day was Jane Froman; next due are 
Joe E. Howard. Sophie Tucker, et al. 
■ The Andrews sisters, of course, did 
the. lioness' work, but the program 
was sufficiently varied, the gals sing- 
ing as trio in. One number; Massey 
doing a solo; joining them in the 
opener; Massey and Paiiy Andrews- 
ducting on another, and so on. Vie 
Schocn and his orchestra lent neat 
arrangements, iieatly played. Andre 
Baruch. as annoimccr-crocee. keot 



"PARADE OF STARS" 
With Lowell Thomas, Barry Wood, 
Igor Gorin,' Henry Fonda, Perry 
Faith, Louise Erickson, Perry 
Como, Judy Canova, Fibber McGee 
& Mcllv, Eddie Cantor, Hildegarde, 
Harry Sosnik. Irene Hill. Frank 
Karris, Alice Frost, Joseph Curtin, 
Jay Jostyn, Vicki Viola, Len Doyle, 
Kay Kyser. Georgia Carroll, Jack 
Benny, Bob Hope, Don Wilson. 
Benny, Bob Hope, Don Wilson. Cass 
Dalev, Parkvakarkus, Frank Mor- 
gan, Frank Parker, H. V. Kalten- 
horn, Jack Haley. William Bendix, 
Art Linkletter, John W. Vandercook, 
Abbott & Gustcllo, Edgar Bergen. 
Rudy Vallee. Killie Burke, Xavler 
Cugai, Ed Gardner. Bob Bums. 
GevJYrey Barnes. Joe Laurie, Jr.; 
Senator Ford. Peter Donald, Harry 
Hersbfield. Phil Spitalny orch. 
Raymond Massey, Burns tc Allen, 
Dinah Shore, Barry Fitzgerald. 
Tommv Dorsey, Casts of "Date 
With Judy," "His Honor tbe Bar- 
ber," "One Man's Family," "Grand 
Ole Oprv," "National Barn Dance," 
" Album of Familiar Music," Max I 
Hill, I.yle Van. Ken Carpenter. Hal 
Peary. Ralnh Edwards, Jay Black- 
ton orch. 
Supervisor: C. L. Menser 
Directors: Robert Dawn. Jack Hill, 

Howard Alley, Howard Keegan 
Producers: Edwin Dunham, Howard 

Oilman, Ed Freckmafl" 
Writer: Jack Wilson (program intro- 
ductions) .. 
18* Mins.: Sun.. 5 to 6 p.m.: Man., 

10-1 J p.m. 
Sustaining 
WEAF-N'BC. N. Y. 

NBC's "Parade of Stars" represents 
one of the most gigantic undertak- 
ings in talent presentation in radio. 
Willi star talent remcsenting top 
.shows in radio. NBC showcased a 
Choice' collection of sponsors' items 
in two sections, one hour's worth be- 
ing presented Sunday (7) starting at 
3 pan., while second section em- 
barked on a two-hour trip at 10 p.m. 
Monday (8>. It's one of the ninsl 
impressive talent lineups ever gath- 
ered in one program, and it was 
tastefully showcased in manner to 
impress with the magnitude of the 
undertaking. 

With projection, of this airer. NBC 
had the choice of presenting this 
lineup in neat individual packages or 
attempting.-!! continuity which would 
make for one gigantic mass. With 
a total of three hours' running time, 
one big package would probably be 
too bulky. As a consequence NBC 
didn't jjiVe its own production staffs 
a chance tit shine. Instead it per- 
mitted the individual packages to be 
presented in sequence, in order to 
permit concentration on talent pre- 
sented. 

It's difficult to present the most 
brilliant gem in this tiara. With such 
comics as Jack Benny, Bob Hope 
and Jerry Colonna. Edgar Bergen. 
Burns & Allen. Abbott & Coslello. 
Jack Haley. William Bendix. Bob 
Burns, and cast , of "Can You Top 
This?"' there were enough laughs 
to satisfy the most avid laugli-seck- 
ers. 



that sequences Edgar Bergen and 
Fred Allen within an hour-and-a- 
hall span, got off into the stretch 
with one of the best, tightly-knit 
shows ol a radio career that never, 
for that matter, required apologies. 
You can bracket two oilier Sabbath 
evening shows into the parlay, and 
when you come up in successive 
order with Gildersleeve. Benny, 
Cass Daley. Bergen and Allen- 
brother, even the old Palace vaude 
days didn't talk that kind of show 
b\i language, . • - 

Benny can relax, for if the payoff 
for solid entertainment means prod- 
uct sales on a commensurate scale, 
George Washington Hill and his 
Lucky Strikes can take up postwar 
on a bigger scale than ever. 

The Benny show, as heard particu- 
laiiv on the opener, and again last 
Sunday (7) is a tribute to a guy who 
grows sharper, show-wise, through 
the years: who knows and appre- 
ciates the changing techniques and 
adaptability to new audiences. If 
all 'love him. it's an enthusiasm 
shared bv the kids as well as those 
who clocked their dials in the days 
when the comedian was selling 
Chcvrolets. But it's equally a trib- 
ute to the Benny seripters. to the 
timing and the pacing of the show, 
and the overall production values, i 
As comedy, the Benny show today is 
good radio. 

There's little, if any. change in the 
Eerny setup and format, for it's one 
that can slide right into postwar ra- 
dio without an overhaul job. Phil 
Harris, after a summer fill-in for 
Kay Kyser on the "Kollege of Musi- 
cal Knowledge" show, has taken up 
where he left off: ditto for Larry 
Stevens. Mary Livingston. Roches- 
ter. Don Wilson and the rest, 
all of them keyed up. particularly on 
that curtain-raising show, for ex- 
tracting full comedy values from the 
script job. 

The Hill-inspired LS MFT tech- 
nique, of course, prevails as usual; 
the controversy :.nent those trip- 
hammered commercials, their effect 
on audiences, on whether they add 
UP to a disadvantage for the show 
itself, still goes on. That, of course, 
is debatab'e. But you can't blame 
Benny , and his crew if the show 
misses out on a raling— not. at least 
oil the basis of the first two times up. 

: Rose. 



YOUTH FORUM 

With Dorothy Gordon, ijioderator: 

Stanley K«berts. announcer 
Producer: Albert Grobe 
3d Minv.: Pat., 1»:3« a.m. 
Sustaining 
WOXK, N<Y. 

The N. Y. Times' Youth Forum 
bowed in over WQXR last Saturday l.the talk, even the mid-coinmercials. 
ff,i and from first impressions, it j short and snappy, to give the whole 
looks like a junior edition of "Town \ program verve and bounce. 
Hall Meeting of the Air." j Program ran from oldies .to late 

Youngsters, within the age groun tunes, ihc sisters doing "Bci Mir Bist 
nine to 13. arc given a chance to air! Du Schoen." "Welcome." "Atchison. 

Topeka." and "Apple Blossom Time." 
Massey joined them in "It's a Great 
Night for Singing" (happy choice, 
that): dueled with Patty in "Gotta 
Be This Or That." and soloed with 
"There's No You." Miss Froman's 
contribution was the ever-reliable 
staple, "Begin the Bcguinc." Nash 



their views on national and interna- 
tional issues; surprisingly enough 
their view's were worth listening I >. 
' On several occasions the program's 
moderator. Dorothy Gordon, had In 
bring the wanderers back to the 
straight and narrow. On the whole. 
Tipwever. the program made for . 

stimulating listening for adults as ' Kelvinatcr got off to a good start. 
W oll ««..-,»i'm>»ijt»K- The -cnettfflfMnr.1" '! thanks to the Andrews girls, 
was "What Does Peace Mean to Me' 



Broil. 



There was also a great variety of 
musical talent, with orchs from" the 
Carnation show, Phil Spitalny. 
Tommy Dors.iy tromboning with 
Jack Blackton's orch. songs by Barry 
Wood. Dinah Shore, singers from 
"Waltz'Time." "Evening with Roili- 
herg, ' Judy Canova. Perry Como. 
Paul Laviille. "Album of Familiar 
Music." along with the concessions 
to the rural listeners with "Grand 
Ole Opry," and . "National Barn 
Dance." 

There was no neglect of the seri- 
ous side, either. II. V. KaJtenborn 
and Lowell Thomcs. taking lime out 
from news interpretation chores to 
short talks keynoted by a return to 
the lighter side of life now that peace 
is here. Also on the serious side 
were bits from some of NBC's 
straight dramatic shows such as "One 
Man's Family.." "His Honor the Bar- 
ber." and "Mystery Theatre." 

In all, no single facet of radio was 
neglected in this disulay. It's a pybw 
catalog of shows NBC has to oiler. 

Jose. 



"KABY SNOOKS" 
With Fawiiie Brire. Uanlcy Stafford, 
Bub Graham. Charlie Cantor. Car- 
men Dragon's Orch, Harlow Wil- 
cox, announcer 
Writers: Dew Freeman, Jess Oppen- 

heimer, Bill Dauch 
Producer-Director: Ted Bliss 
.".» Mins., Sundav. «::!• p.m. 
SANK A COFFEE 
WABC-CBS. N. Y. 

(Voi'iifl & RubUain) 
Fannie Brice and her infantile 
Baby Snooks are back on CBS for 
another season, and there's no doubt 
that Miss Brice will be selling plenty 
of Sanka Coffee. Which creates 
somewhat of an anomaly. Here is a 
program aimed at. or at least getting, 
a good-s ; zed child audience — and 
selling coffee! Ad agencies have yet. 
to devise a commercial that can sell 
Such a product for child consump- 
tion. But that's the least of it. There's 
no doubt but there are sufficient 
adult audiences gelling a kick out 
of Snooks and her mischievous mien. 
And buying coffee. Sanka Coffee. 

Miss Brice and Snooks are still 
a pat entity. The comedienne failed 
to open with her show several weeks 
ago because of illness, and around 
her absence was written the fact 
that Baby Snooks was "lost." The 
seripters consequently, have been 
making Hie audience anticipate find- 
ing of the brat. Now Miss Brice is 
recovering; Snooks is found. 

Snooks' hideaway the last couple 
of Weeks was really something onlv 
the, seripters could answer. All that 
mallered 1.0 them, apparently, was 
that Miss Brice— or Babv Snooks- 
be discovered— or get. well. (Well, 
now. where were we? I 

Snooks and her Uncle Louie - it 
seems, in order for tin- kid to get 
away with her straying from home, 
'devise an amnesiac excuse for her. 
even though she doesn't know what 
the word means "(nor. probably, doe.; 
Uncle" Louie i. and the loj-dc-'ro! re- 
volves, around the attempt to gel 
the brat around again to normalcy 
Daddy (Hanley Stafford! is. as usual, 
exasperated at the kid's shenanigans 
and seems more in lino for ministra- 
tions of the psychiatrist called in to 
treat Snooks, than. the latter herself. 
Bob Graham handles a song solo 
nicely. 

The. commercials weren't rendered 
by an amnesiac. The announcer re- 
membered, -definitely, that they were 
for Sanka. Sanka. , he promised, 
would never to-vp one awake. Whui 
il a guy wanted to Slav awake? .... 

Kahn. 



the original format remains the same: 
In essence, that is. There has been 
a radical slash in the budget since 
the show- debuted two seasons ago, 
and the results oil the preem per- 
formance of the third semester em- 
phasized as much. 

The "Hall" debut Sunday (7i had 
the benefit of Paul Whitcman's orch, 
Martha Tilton's excellent pop sing- 
ing and a fine dramatic reading by 
Burgess Meredith — but this was— 
and is — a half-hour show. It needed 
more— much more. 

The opening show- needed greater 
integration in production, and the 
script certainly could have used some 
editing and more cohesion in tie 
link of the show 's several sequences. 

Whiteman had a tendency ; to 
slough off his introductions; though, 
towards the end of the program, he 
improved. Miss Tillon was inclined 
to be too effervescent in sharing the 
"host" assignment with Whiteman, 
but when she lilted a tunc it was 
emphasized- strongly that there are 
lew pop warblers as able as she. 
Meredith, with something from li s 
Maxwell Anderson smash hit, "Wit:- 
terset," demanded — and got— audi- 
ence interest. And Whiteman's orch 
can still make ii casual tunc assume 
symphonic proportions. 

Glen Riggs stressed Phileo's "un- 
broken record of leadership" in the 
commercials, and his reading of the 
copy was, as usual, right up his alley. 

Kdliii. 



ABBOTT 4 COSTELLO SHOW 
With Bud Abbott * Lou Costello. 

Connie Haines, Mel Blanc. Sid 

Fields, Iris Adrian, Will Osborne 

orch. Ken Niles 
Writers: Don Prlndle, Ed Formah 
Producers: Don Bernard, Andrew 

Potter 

:i0 Mills.; Thurs., 10 p.m. 

R. J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO CO. 

WEAF-NBC, N. Y. 

■ (Esti/1 . . 
Bud Abbott and Lou Coslello. 
again carrying the ball for Camel 
cigs, preemed as the same irrepres- 
sible rowdies displaying a brand of 
humor broad enough to attract a 
wide audience. Pair haven't changed 
much since their last ether session— 
or for that matter since they first 
took to the air on the Kale Smith 
show. They wisely haven't allowed 
too many refinements to creep in 
which would detour them from their 
stock style which is now in its high- 
est state of development. 

Premiere (4V Uic hcke fell fast 
enough to keep audiences continu- 
ally amused. With their line-up of 
stooges, Sid Fields and Iris Adrian, 
there were no appreciable lags in the 
merriment. . 

In operation, they're as smooth a 
functioning duo as any on the air. 
Abbott's perfect feeding and Cos- 
lello's quick pickup for the punch 
msskes- il inconceivable thai same 
effect could be achieved with differ- 
ent partners. It appeared for awhile 
during the" summer that, because of 
personal feuding, a split was in- 
evitable. However, that seems for- 
gotten by now.. 

Preoccupation with A&C doesn't 
give the other ingredients too much 
of a chance to shine. Connie Haines' 
smooth reading of "I'll Buy That 
Dream" and the Will Osborne orch 
reading of "Atchison. Topeka" made 
for diverting extras. ' 

Commercial gimmick at the end 
carries a salute to an outstanding 
fighting outfit which gets a half mil- 
lion free cigs sent them. Otherwise, 
he same Camel boiler pate is still 
around. Jose. 



MYSTERY THEATRE 
With MHzi Gould, John Sylvester. 
Larry Haines. Paul Mann. Henry 
Neely, Dan Seymour, Geoffrey 
Bai iies, Alexander Semmler's orch 
Writer: Bill Wyman 
Producer-Director: Frank Telford 
30 Mins.; Friday. 10 p.m. 
MOLLE SHAVING CREAM 
WLAF-NBC, New York 

(Yoxiicf fc Riil)ic«in > 
Molle's "Mystery Theatre" should 
continue to gain interest for those 
who like their radio fiction in melo- 
dramatic doses. At least. "Angel 
Face." the initial program of this re- 
turning scries. Was tense enough to 
indicate that, here is a ready series 
for any type of dialer. 

"Angel Face'- is about a : chorus doll 
who bails the guys, then talus them 
for their nioola. After which she 
and a male confed bump 'em cil., 
"Angel" deals specifically with now 
the brother of one victim put- one 
over on the gal. There isn't aliythmg 
earth-shaking about the denouement, 
but it was directed ami acted wc'l- 
and it moved briskly. 

Bill Wyman did the adaptation 
from a story by Waller Wils —>. 

• . Kc'in- 



Wednesday, Oclobcr 10, J94S 



"NEW WORLD A'COMING" 
With Jay Jostyn, Martin Wolfson 

mar toil, Stefan Scltnabel, 

Guy Kepp. Mercedes McCam- 
' bridge, Paul Mann, Norman 

Rose; George Willard, an-. 
. nounccr • 
Writer: Charles Gussman 
producer-Director: Mitchell 

Grayson ' 
Music: Jerry Sears 
30 Mins.: Mon., 9:30 p.m. 
Sustaining 
WMCA, N. Y. 

Station WMCA likes to call itself 
"New York's -leading, independent 
station," which is a trademark that 
need mean no more, or less, than 
just a Kimmick for commercial pur- 
pose«. But in a number of respects, 
this indie really has assumed leader-. 

•ship under its present owner, Nathan 
Straus. For one thing, it has com- 
bined public service radio with com- 

. mereial acumen to an extraordinary 
degree, prov ing that a local station 
can earn dough and have a heart 

• and use its head, all at the same 
time. And all that despite the fact 
that the owner is reputed to have 

• lots of nioola in his family pewter, 
and could afford to take it on the 
chin if he had to. 

. ■• -One •of t he • outlet's most . jmtiib.lc 
public service programs last season 
was "New World A'Coming," the 
Nogro-lhemed air'er (based on Roi 
Oltley's book of same title), which 
copped the "Variety" showmanship 
award, got kudos every other place 
it . entered, a hd walked off with the 
Edward L. Eel-nays $1,000 prize for 
its conlrib to racial relations. 

This week (8) "New World" came 
back to the air. after a summer hia- 

. tus. broader in concept than before, 
angled on the problefiis of not only 
Negroes. but a"ll minority groups, And 
the proem did uot detract an iota 

' from the station's record, measuring 
lip to a richly deserved plus for 
Straus and lor Helen S. Straus, who 
takes charge of the station's public 
servicing. 

The old scries used to have a 3 
p.m. Sunday airing, bucking tip 
in season against the N. Y. Philhar- 
monic Symphony program on CBS 
which, like WMCA's more modestly- 
budgeted effort, also angled for tjie 
listenership of highbrow audiences. 
But now, that. "World" is aiming for 
tlic big league. Straus had nerve 
enough to spot it at peak time, !)::!() 
p.m., bucking up against such fop 
pullers as "Lux Radio Theatre" and 
'Information Please." But jf the 
preem was an indication of what lies 
ahead, those two shows stand a good 
chance ot losing at least a portion 
of their .N. Y. audiences to this indie. 

Wendell L. Willkie was the hero 
of the show's debut, the stanza being 
put down as a memorial to the "One 
World" idealist. Charles Gussman 
did a good, tight scripting job, teles- 
coping WHlkie's 49-day Odyssey into 
a compact package. Producer-Direc- 
tor Mitchell' Grayson, whose name 
has been identified with "World" 
from its inception (his bread-and- 
butter job is as a production staffer 

. on the ABC (Blue). where" lie shut- 
tles from "Best Sellers" to Dick 
Tracy) managed to get an impres- 
sive;, well-integrated, and — on the 
whole — competent cast. lie bor- 
rowed Jay Jostyn from "Mr. D. A." 
to act the. role of Willkie. pressed 
sock narrator Martin Wolfson info 
service, and surrounded them well. 
His direction was sure. firm. There 
was some opening-night nervous- 
ness— notably on the part of Wolf- 
son. and, to a decreasing degree, 
among the rest of the east, from Jos- 
tyn dowi.ivard— but the listener foil 
that the control room was calm and 
confident. And there was nifty musi- 
cal backing by Jerry Sears orch, in- 
terpreting the scoring; of James Lo- 
zilo. 

But the Straus family's courage in 
putting on this shot as fust in its 
new series is what earns the deepest 
bow. There were no /ears ot com- 
mon bugaboos. Willkic's "One World" 
concept was interpreted faithfully. 
There was not even any tear of 
handing a bouquet to our late allies; 
tup Russians, whom it's becoming 
increasingly fashionable to abuse. 
The script was not dramatic. In 
places it was pedestrian. But it was 
realms real as Willkie. and that's 
genuine enough. . 

Straus had put on a big promotion 
job before the advent of his new 

New World," offering it— strictly 
as a non-commercial public service 
—to any station in the country that 
might want to subscribe to waxiiigs 
ot the show. At s'lowlimc a number 
J. 1 ,: stations had inquired about using 

World in their areas, and five had 
?, C rVi\ lly sl K'icd .up— W.T.TD. Chi; 
W j"*K. Detroit; WGL, Ft. Wayne: 
KROW. Oakland, Cat. and WINX. 
Washington. D. C. If tlft- first platter 
inghtens them a bit by the. mention 

0I , that word Com ism. they 

might think of the spirit of Willkie 
"«t pervades the entire venture, 
"ic production was of big-leaguc- 
calibre; and more dramatic themes, 
j«> well as more dramatic orcsontn- 
Jioifs. are on the sked. "New World" 
s in the direction of a newer, more 
"'Werstanding world. Its backers.' 
and pluggors on the air, can't go 
Wrong. 

And speaking of backers, tjiere are 
pionty ot those, too. A snnnsoruig 
tomraittce-intlutles reps from Amor- 
Ijntis United for World Organization.. 1 
Z' T; City wide Citizens Committee I 
°\ Harlem. Common Council lor ' 
American Unity, East & West Asm.. " 
f iecdom Hoi.se. Free World. .Ire.. ] 
1 dependent Citizens Committee of I 
ll ' e Arts, Sciences and Fruil'Ssit n.s, 



RADIO REVIEWS 



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"HARVEST OF STARS" 
With Raymond Massey, Howard Bar- 
low's orchestra, Lyn Murray chorus, 
Will Hare 
Writer: John Dunkel 
Producer: Russ Johnston 
30 Mins.: Sun., % p.m. 
INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER 
WEAF-NBC, N. Y. 

(McCmm-Eric/.'soii) . 
International Harvester's ■ether en- 
try- impresses as a line attempt to 
foster good-will along institutional 
lines. Initial session. (7) looks like 
it's hitting for the agricultural as 
well as.. the industrial market With a 
sober, leisurely-paced show that has 
name value, with Raymond Massey's 
commentary and dramatic sequences 
along with Howard Barlow's sym- 
phony orch and Jan Peerce as 
gueslenor. 

Formal is a modern variation of a 
familiar .theme, using , the travelog 
formula of a trip along the Missis- 
sippi, which .oilers much leeway in 
getting a sufficient amount of variety. 
On river, program permits stops at 
St. Louis, where the Muni Opera is 
in session with "Prince of Pilsen"; a 
delay at a, point where Mark Twain 
held forth as a river pilot, which 
serves as an excuse for a dramatiza- 
tion of an episode in Twain's life. 
Even a symphonic interlude is skill- 
fully interlarded, by virtue of the 
fact that' Anton Dvorak lived along 
that artery, for a while. 

Commentary delivered by Massey 
ties up the varied sequences nicely, 
while other high-spots were Peerce's 
excellent lenoring of Dvorak's "Songs 
My Mother Taught Me" ahd'"Hills of 
Home." Barlow's contribution con- 
sisted of a fine reading of the final 
movement from the New World 
symphony and excerpts, from. "Pil- 
sen." Musically and otherwise pro- 
gram shapes up as a fine addition to 
the Sunday afternoon air budget. 

Massey delivered the final com- 
mercial which invited former Har- 
vester employees returned from the 
wars to try lor their old jobs or bet- 
ter— regardless of physical condition. 

Jose. 



BOB BURNS SHOW 
With Bob Burns, Shirley Ross, Leo 
Gorcey, Gordon Jenkins and orch, 
Suitcase Six; Dong Gourlay an- 
nouncing 
Producer: Sam Pierce 
SO Mins.: Thurs., T:;!0 p.m. 
LEVER BROS. 
WEAF-NBC.- N. Y. 

tRiiJirnii/f & Riyaii) 
Bob Burns' slow, homey, sage- 
brush humor is still gilt-edge. Re- 
turned to his show Thursday ' i.41 
after a vacation, the Arkansaii picked 
up- where he laid off. filling the ether 
with quaint, pointed and very funny 
comments on his trip, his health, a 
Mexican sojourn; hotel life, orches- 
tra leaders and his associates. -But 
especially about Mexico. The whole 
program, in fact, centered on ..Our 
Latin-American neighbor, and though 
it was all good-natured l^j.driing,_-it- 
palled alter a bit. Not Burns' share, 
but the quips about Mexico . that 
Shirley Ross and Leo Gorcey threw. 

Gorcey. whose Brooklyncsc accent 
is the perfect foil for Burns' Arkan- 
sas drawl, got off some amusing mal- 
aoropisms and a few weak gags. Miss 
Ross got in her licks as punster, 
sounding better in the songs she did. 
as in ••Homesick." Latter, written 
by Gordon Jenkins, new orchestra 
leader on the program, sounded 
okay. Orch's share was subordinate. 
Program ' opened. ' immediately on 
Burns' wisecracking instead of the 
usual music intra, which was neat, . 

The Suitcase , Six, instrumental 
sextet, offered a smart arrangement 
ot "China Boy" lo add to program's 
variety, while principals joined in a 
patter-song about (you guessed it) 
Mexico, as a finale. Mid-program 
plug to housewives to save kitchen 
fat was commendable: the singing 
commercial about "B.O.," though 
pleasing the studio audience, grated 
on this listener. Broit. . 



THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC- 
SYMPHONY 
Artur Rodzinski, conducting; Dr. C. 

E. K. Mees; Berry Kroeger, an- 
• noiincer 

Writer— Ben Hvams 
Producer-director: James II. Fasselt 
90 .-.Mim.;. Sunday. :i p.m. 
V. H. RUBBER CO. 
WABC-CBS, N.Y. 

■ (CftinpbeU-Eu-hld). : 
After a se\-en-weck recess, the 
N. Y. Philharmonic-Symphony Soci- 
ety was back on the ait Sunday (7) 
lor its Kith year on CBS and its 
fourth for U. S. Rubber, resuming 
the hour-and-a-half Sabbath niche 
that is unquestionably the top classi- 
cal music spot of the week in radio. 
A full concert program (as against 
a part or condensed program per- 
formed within an hour by NBC, Bos- 
ton, Detroit .symphonies, and the 
like) has its manifest advantages, 
since more than one long or lull 
symphonic work can be performed, 
and a greater variety offered. Open- 
er, therefore, cmild. present Bee- 
thoven's Third "i "Eroica") Symphony, 
as well as- another long work in 
Aaron C o p land's "Appalachian 
Spring " :; ,.- - ■" - 

The "Eroica." though possibl >■■ 
overshadowed in news value by the 
Copland work, slaod out as a clarion 
call musically under the . spirite.l 
performance Artur Rodzinski and 
his players gave it. The Copland 
work, an orchestra expansion of the 
chamber suite which, the composer 
wrote lor a Martha Graham dance* 
presentation, and which won him 
both the Pulitzer Prize and N. Y. 
Music Critics' Circle awards la-it 
spring, was having its premiere in 
its new .form. Thinly... .orchestrated, 
impressionistic music, the .piece 
struck this listener, away from its 
dance context, as somewhat dull and 
of limited appeal. ' 

U. S- Rubber, in again sponsoring 
the Philharmonic, al.so continued its 
public service aid in the widely- 
appreciated intermission talk on sci- 
ence, Sunday's boing an absorbing 
talk by Dr. C. E. K. Mees, of East- 
man Kodalc Co.. on photography an:l 
the co-relation ot cow's diet and col- 
or photography. Opening commercial 
on U. S. Rubber products was brief 
and unobslrusivc, with none there- 
after. Bron. 

"FORD SHOW. 

With Jo Stafford, Larry Brooks, Rob- 
ert Russell Bennett orch, Crane 
Calder orch, Hugh James 
Producer-Director: Maury Holland 
Writers: Ed Rice, Phyllis Merrill 
SO Mins.; Tiles., 10 p.m. 
FORD MOTORS 
WABC-CBS, ,V. Y. 

U. Wa'\er Thompson) 
Although this Ford entry into the 
pop field hasn't the sock that will 
make it a rousing half-hour with a 
terrific Hooper, it's entertainment on 
' a hi gh plane tha:'s designed to catch 
' a universal aud'etae. It's well paced 
and seasoned with such staples as Jo 
Stafford.. La -.-ry Brooks and the Rob- 
Sit Russell Bennett orch and chorus. 

Layout is built along sedate lines, 
as are niosi Ford products. Even 
Miss Stafford, an attraction to the 
bobby-soxers, is toned down with 
such pieces as ''Gee It's Great to 
Hold You." while Brooks exhibits an 
excellent br.ry with his "Baia." He 
also makes a pleasing impression 
during part of program in which he 
does the iniroes. The Bennett orch 
arrangements arc highly literate and 
listenable. 

Indicative that this session is de- 
signed to catch rural as well as 
urban l'steneis is the fact that the 
commercial talked about the tractor 
as a factor J hut brings agriculture to 
industry. Selling gab is unobtru- 
sively placed in the center and 
doesn't interfere wi'Ji the entertain- 
ment. Jose. 



"AMOS 'N* ANDY" 

Willi Freeman Gosden, Charles Cor- 
rell, Lou Lubin, Jim Basquelte, 
Hallie McDaniel, Carleton Kadell, 
announcer; Lud Gluskin and orch 

Writers: Bob Ross, Bob Fischer, 
Octavus Roy Cohen 

Producers: Kenneth Hodge, Andrew 
Love 

SO Mins.: Tues., 9 p.m. 
LEVER BROS. 
WEAF-NBC, N. Y. 

(RliJiroK// & Ryflu) 
This team lias been on the air 
now for 17 years and last, week (2) 
embarked upon their 18th, an occa- 
sion one would ordinarily welcome. 
The stars were their old selves, but 
unfortunately-' their opening script 
sounded, as if. it had been, done first 
during the Great Depression. 

Atler an ; opening scrub with a 
Rinso commercial, Andy and Amos 
talked about job-hunting, both hav- 
ing been unemployed for some time 
nowf "Solution. to the problem was a 
situation-wanted ad in a daily, which 
Andy took cars of. However, at the 
newspaper, the typographer unwit- 
tingly switched names and , put 
Andy's name in an ad announcing 
the. new president of a Harlem bank, 
with the president's name in the 
S'tua-I ion-wanted ad column. Then 
the ••a'.'s-. about everybody wanting 
to take his money out of the bank 
because Andy was the hew. prcz 
liowod and overflowed. . '-''-. 
■ The. Delta Khythra-.Boys' singing 
helped lo cheer up the situation: Too 
bad they didn't havc:a couple more 
numbers lev do. The Rinso singing 
commercial would be best left to 
daytime listeners, if it must be kept, 
on at. all. ■ '• . 

Production and direction on the 
whole was competent and the G ins- • 
kin orchestra came through will? 
some smooth arrangements. Agency 
producers should give- this program 
another rinsing before it gets ariothci 
airing. . . 



"THE MOST FOR YOUR MONEY" 
With Blanche Wood, Miriam Cutler, 
Ednad C. Bushman, Mary Kenny, 
Peggy-Anu Ellis, Paul Nolan, Beth 
Wayne, Jobyna George, Bcrfr Child 
Writer-Producer: Peter Irvine 
Director: Charles Polacheck 
Mus i". Rov Ross 
15 Mins.; Friif 9:15 p.m. 
Sustaining 
WEVD, N. Y. 

"The Most fot- Your Money."' is a 
dramatized effort designed to inform 
and educate the listener, regarding 
the sOeciilc purposes of the OPA. 
done by the OPA itself. At the end 
of the dramatization heard (5), a [ 
question -an -answer period gives lis- 1 
teners an opnortunity to raise ques- j 
lions via mail. 

This particular program stressed j 
the importance of keeping prices 
down, 'urging.- purchasers to report' 
violators, "etc.: One incident proj- \ 
el-ted the trials and tribulations of | 
ii family in which the .youngster is ■ 
ordered not to indulge in physicrl 
exercise, in order, to save his shoes. 
Then the OPA moderator went on to 
say how, the administration counter- 
acts such situations. 

Script wrs iii elligcntly handled 
and •punched home the need for con- 
tinuing OPA. end for the paoplo to 
support its iurisdictions for their 
owii good. Production ; was comne- 
tnntly- handled except for one weak 
lii;k, namely a couple of performers. 

Writt rs War Board. AFRA. and AFM 
i Local 1102). That's not had oem- 
pauv for any broadcaster to be found 
alivu with. Cnrs - 



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It probably cost Ralph Edwards 
several thousand dollars. But he 
came, tip ' last Saturday (6). on h's 
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